DAYTON - The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Dayton High School is integrated into business education classes taught by Rob Moore, who is in his 25th year at the school.
The FBLA chapter was in place when Moore started at the school, and this is not the "biggest" year in terms of numbers of students qualifying for state. One year, 40 students qualified, he said.
To attend the state competition, students are expected to contribute $100 toward the trip. FBLA members work at various events during the year to earn money for their projects and competitions, including the Upper Deck Dinner for the Booster Club, the Columbia County Fair and Dayton Days.
The club is also supported by contributions from Dayton Alumni Association, Kiwanis, Lions Club and Boosters, and by the school district, Moore said.
"The school district really stepped up and helped us a lot," to pay for transportation for the competition, Moore said.
Dayton's FBLA chapter is affiliated with the Washington State FBLA and the Future Business Leaders of American-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. The FBLA mission is to bring business and education together to prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields, according to the state FBLA web site.
FBLA was developed in 1937 by Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in 1942 in Tennessee, and the Washington state chapter was chartered in 1965.
For more information about the competitions, or FBLA in general, visit FBLA.org or WAFBLA.org.