Michelle Eubanks, Manila High School junior, has received the honor of being elected State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) president for the 2003-2004 year.
Michelle steps into the leadership role with a sound background of experience serving as State District II vice president, District president and president of her local chapter for the 2002-2003 year.
She campaigned for the position of state president at the state meeting held in Little Rock on April 14-15. She chose to use a patriotic theme for her campaign. Manila FBLA members Whitney Veach and Megan Ashabranner served as campaign managers.
In addition to serving as state president, she was elected as district vice president.
Michelle has been activity involved in FBLA since the seventh grade but has been aware of FBLA throughout her life as her mother, Tonia Eubanks, serves as FBLA adviser.
Michelle served as FBLA reporter during her seventh grade year and FBLA president of the Manila Junior High Chapter her eighth grade year. She started her high school FBLA career by serving as historian her freshman year, secretary her sophomore year and president her junior year. She plans to run for president of the Manila Chapter her senior year.
Michelle said she is very proud of the Manila junior and senior high FBLA. There are approximately 50 members in senior high FBLA..
Manila Junior High FBLA received the award for raising the most money for the March of Dimes, a chapter project.
"Through FBLA, I've learned how to work with people better. I have gained leadership skills that will help me throughout my life," Michelle said.
During the April state meeting, Michelle made a speech in front of 2,300 people. She said it was easier this year than last year.
Her goal for FBLA is to make members more aware of what really goes on at the state and national level.
"FBLA is more than just a high school club. It can help develop skills and help with career goals," she said.
Michelle attended the National Leadership Conference last year in Nashville, Tenn., and the Fall Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. She prepared the script for the District fall meeting and District spring meeting, both held in Jonesboro.
This year she will go to Dallas, Texas, to attend the National Leadership Conference.
Michelle maintains a busy schedule but said she some how makes time to get the job done.
In addition to her active role in FBLA, Michelle is a member of the Manila Lady Lion's basketball team, the high school golf team, serves as 2nd vice president of the Manila Student Council (with plans to run for president for the coming year), serves as vice president of the Science Club, secretary of the VCY, 2nd Vice President of the FCA Club, as member of FCCLA, FTA and Beta Club, is a member of the MHS Choir, and is on the yearbook staff.
As she looks ahead on her calendar for the summer, she may have one free week. She will attend the National Leadership Conference in Dallas the first week of summer break. She has basketball camps, golf tournaments, FBLA Conference and is planning to go on her second consecutive trip with World Changers.
Last year the World Changers mission's trip took her group to Alabama where they worked on houses and helping people. This year the trip will take them to Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Michelle said she is looking forward to serving as State FBLA president her senior year.
Following graduation, Michelle plans to attend college at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She visited the campus last week and liked what she saw. She wants to study to become an anesthesiologist.