St. Albans High School, St. Albans, WV, was chartered February 5, 1942. They were the second chapter chartered in the US. Now with 45 chapters and 900 members, WV FBLA is one of the largest student organizations in the state.
Presently the WV FBLA plans and holds a Fall Leadership Conference and a Spring Leadership Conference. These conferences are held to help members with their leadership and business skills. In addition the fall conference offers tips on different competitions to help students as they prepare for competitive events.
The state leadership team also hosts a Winner's Circle in June to help prepare students for competition. Students take practice tests or practice presentation events in front of judges to get feedback on their performance.
Throughout the year the state officer team has developed committees to work with officers to have members more active in the organization. They spend time developing community service and improve communication.
If your school doesn't have an FBLA chapter, talk with your local business educator(s) or contact a member of the state officer team below.
MEET YOUR STATE OFFICERS
Hello, my name is Gabriel Adams, I am a Senior at Wirt County High School. I love adventuring and traveling new places. This will be my fifth year in FBLA and my second term as a state officer. As State President I am always looking for ways to make FBLA bigger and better. This year I want to help as many people from West Virginia get on that stage at the National Leadership Conference. To do this the State Executive Board will be working on a database full of resources such as videos from previous winners and more accessible practice material. We will also be hosting more in-depth workshops at Fall Leadership Conference. Feel free to contact me anytime through Instagram (@gabrieladamsfbla) or through email email@example.com. I am looking forward to meeting you at state FBLA events.
Gabriel Adams, President
Hello, my name is Destinee Smith and I am a junior at Ritchie County High School. I am beginning my third year in FBLA and am community service chairman as well as president of my chapter. My main focus for this year will be centered around broadening our community service perspective, but I'm ecstatic to serve all of our incredible chapters and hope to do us justice. I’m looking forward to a very successful year and can’t wait to see West Virginia go above and beyond what we’d ever imagined!
Destinee Smith, Vice-President
Ritchie County High School
Ritchie County School Rd.
Ellenboro, WV, 26346
Hello, my name is Maela Carr, and I am proud to be your 2019-2020 WV FBLA State Secretary. I am currently a Senior at Philip Barbour High School where I serve as student body president, local chapter FBLA President, and serve as a second year captain of our lady Colts soccer team. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, attending YoungLife, play soccer, and travel. This will be my fourth year in FBLA. Throughout the years my love and passion for the organization have grown immensely. This year, I will be working on recruitment and retainment of members, as well as growing our successes through the active use of social media, chapter visits, chapter packets, sister chapter programs, and many other new ideas. I’m looking forward to a great year, and to meeting all of you! Please feel free to contact me at any time on Instagram (@maelacarrfbla), Twitter (@maelaa_c), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Maela Carr, Secretary
Phillip Barbour High School
99 Horseshoe Drive
Phillipi, WV 26416
Hello, my name is Logan Hostuttler. I am a Senior at Ritchie County High School. I run cross country and track, but my all-time favorite sport is playing basketball for the Rebels. I love to travel to the beach and love the big city. NYC is my favorite! I’m a certified lifeguard and love to go to the movies. My future plans are to attend Marshall University and major in Exercise Science. I hope to someday either become a Physical Therapist or work in Public Health to help combat the childhood obesity epidemic, which I am passionate about.
This will be my second year in FBLA and my first term as a state officer. Surprisingly, I am an introvert by nature but FBLA has changed that! It has pushed me to step outside my comfort zone into so many new opportunities like public speaking, community events, and traveling to represent my state chapter. I want to help other students in West Virginia to see all of the incredible things FBLA can do for them. I will be working with the other state officers throughout the year to help make West Virginia FBLA the very best it can be! Feel free to contact me anytime through Instagram (@loganrunz_21) or through email at email@example.com.
I am looking forward to meeting and collaborating with you at state FBLA events.
Logan Hostuttler, Parliamentarian
My name is Drake Loss, and I am a senior at Lincoln High School in Harrison County, West Virginia. My hobbies involve exploring greatness of modern media and doing so with my friends. In my studies I have found myself to have a great interest in economics, history, and politics; thus, I have found the opportunity to be involved in FBLA, let alone become the state treasurer, to be a fantastic opportunity. During my term as West Virginia FBLA’s State Treasurer I hope to allow our economics and media usage to take advantage of the new opportunities that modern technology and social platforms can provide. I look forward to getting to know you all, and, most importantly, I look forward to learning about and helping those with what this upcoming year has to offer. Feel free to contact me anytime at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drake Loss, Treasurer
We are so excited about FBLA and the future of this wonderful organization. I retired in 2009 after teaching for 33 years and the one thing I missed most was FBLA. I had been an adviser for 30 years and during those years, FBLA had given me so many rewards: travel, friendships, amazing students, and years of memories.
Dianna Carpenter and I volunteered to help Susan Rice for the first three years of retirement, after that she resigned and recommended that we take over FBLA due to our passion for the organization. I can't tell you how excited we were when the State Dept. of Education offered us this opportunity.
Denise Stalnaker Losh
Hello, I am Mrs. Denise Losh and I have been a business teacher for over 25 years. Being chosen to help guide FBLA is an honor and I have loads to learn. With everyone’s help I would like to see WV FBLA continue to grow and be successful. It is super exciting to have a West Virginia student recognized in the top ten at nationals.