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The Central High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students participated in the University of Alabama’s Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative (ENI) Youth Summit, held at Auburn University, on January 26.
The summit assists students with helping to equip their communities to address the COVID-19 pandemic-related issues of today, while building capacity to deal with the health and quality of life challenges of tomorrow.
The students participated in several sessions that focused on increasing their knowledge of current issues that affect their communities. The summit culminated with an ENI Health Equity Pitch Competition where students work in teams to prepare for the afternoon pitch competition where they have to come up with ideas for promoting health equity in their communities.
Students from Coosa were divided into three groups, each led by officers from FBLA. The first group, led by FBLA Treasurer Elijah Richardson, won the Hit the Ground Running Award for their idea of a mandatory club for teachers and students that focuses on mental health.
The Fist Bump Award went to the group which contained FBLA President Rebekah Burton, Vice President Kristasia Harkins and Secretary Mariah Gilbert for their concept of a retreat for the students and faculty of Coosa County Schools that would allow both to relieve stress.
Finally, the Creativity Award went to the group led by FBLA Historian Reese Lee and Parliamentarian Henley Jennings, who came up with an innovative idea of the Coosa Cart, a mobile donation truck that delivered a variety of goods and services to the community.
Other students from Central attending the summit were Devin Sweet, Ethan Strong, Miracle Zeigler, Nigel Milliner, Tyreek Epps, Tashaun Harrell, Zaccai Lauderdale, Brooklyn Lee, Louis Martinez, Corrie Haynes, Crystal Villagrana, and Karla Morales.
Tracey Burton and Karleyun Lauderdale, of the Central Alabama Reachout Center, and Central High School Career Tech and FBLA Sponsor Brett Thomas, were chaperones. Thank you to Brett Thomas for submitting information and pictures and coordinating this opportunity for our students.