GSSM Wins Multiple Awards at FBLA State Competition

April 1, 2021

GSSM Wins Multiple Awards at FBLA State Competition

Hartsville, SC – Following weeks of virtual competitive events, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference held its awards ceremony on Saturday, March 27. The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) was recognized multiple times for outstanding performances.

All ten of GSSM’s FBLA students participated in state competitions, with seven earning first-place awards in five different categories and two receiving third place awards.

The participants and their awards are as follows:

  • Ananya Hota of York county - 1st place in Personal Finance
  • Minnie Liu of Greenville county - 1st place in Client Service
  • Nathan Stolzenfeld of Spartanburg county - 1st place in Political Science
  • Anavami Isa and Christian Ihekweazu of Orangeburg county - 1st place in 3D Animations
  • Elic Weeks of Greenwood county and Shamitha Nandi of Sumter county - 1st place in Publication Design
  • Faith Kent of Abbeville county - 3rd place in Agribusiness
  • Winnie Zheng of Pickens county - 3rd place in Public Speaking

"FBLA prepares high school students in business-related careers through events such as state competitions and conferences,” said chapter president Shamitha Nandi. “This year, we competed virtually and were able to secure wins due to the hard work and dedication each competitor put in their respective competitive events."

Shamitha Nandi also serves as FBLA 2020-21 State Parliamentarian and her teammate, Ananya Hota, serves as State Vice President.  Faith Kent was elected 2021-22 State Parliamentarian.

In addition to its strong showing in FBLA state competition, GSSM’s FBLA hosted three interactive virtual sessions this year for all GSSM students and FBLA members from another high school where students interacted with GSSM alumni accomplished in business, medicine, and technology.

“Throughout this school year and in spite of the challenges of conducting meetings, team and guest interactions, and state competitions virtually, the GSSM FBLA students have supported each other, reached out to welcome others, served in state office, and performed at an extraordinary level of excellence” said Advisor to GSSM FBLA, Mrs. Beth Dinndorf. “It is a privilege to work with such engaged and committed students who embody the values of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science + Mathematics.”

South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association comprised of more than 2,000 students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields within South Carolina. This state chapter received its charter from Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. on February 20, 1949, becoming the 5th state chapter. Since that time, this organization has grown both actively and numerically while continuing to serve its primary function: producing quality business leaders.

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Future Business Leaders of America is for high school students, and it has over 196,950 members and more than 5,200 chapters.