Story by Benjamin Regan
Associate Sports Editor
Photo courtesy of Annette Woo
Student business organization Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) elected junior Annette Woo as Gold Coast State President on Saturday, April 9. Sophomore Ellie Nakamura was elected as Leadership Associate on the FBLA leadership team.
“I am humbled to be elected as FBLA state President. When I first joined, it was to learn more about the business world and meet other members who shared a similar interest as me,” Woo said. “Ever since then, I have served at [the] local, section, state and national levels at five different positions to gain enough experience and knowledge about FBLA to lead the members this coming year.”
Woo’s campaign for the FBLA Gold Coast State President included participating in a caucus and running a campaign booth. She also gave a speech in front of 1,500 people as part of the campaigning process.
FBLA is dedicated to helping students pursue careers in business, with leadership development and educational programs at the forefront of their goals. FBLA also hosts the National Awards Programs, putting on competitive events to recognize achievements in various aspects of business. This includes human resources management, data analysis, coding and programming, as well business ethics competitions. At SPHS, FBLA is a partner to the Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway and is taught by Cathy Mason.
“Serving as State President, I would like to utilize this opportunity to lead FBLA next year and provide a similar experience to all the members,” Woo said. “Additionally, I would like to help members acclimate to the new normal, increase opportunities, and create new initiatives to support member retention. Overall, I hope to create a memorable and successful year for all members.”
Woo will serve out her term until April 2023. The complete FBLA state council is available on FBLA California’s website.