Floyd County students from Pepperell High School and Model High School placed in the top 10 in the state at the 2017 Georgia FBLA State leadership Conference held in Athens.  Pepperell’s Hannah Newberry, Baylie Gossett, and Micayla Goodgame finished second in the Partnership with Business performance event and will advance to the national competition. Model’s Barton Sopata placed ninth in public speaking.
The Pepperell trio wrote a 15-page report and gave a presentation concerning Pepperell’s Caps & Grounds coffee shop started at the school this year.  The coffee shop has proved very popular with students and is given valuable business experience to the students involved in the venture.  The Caps and Grounds success can be attributed to the hard work of the students and their partnership with Rome’s Swift and Finch.  The local coffee shop on Broad Street in Rome has provided business, equipment and coffee selection expertise to the young entrepreneurs.
The Pepperell team’s second-place finish allows them to represent Georgia at the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California later this summer.
Barton Sopata, a ninth-grader from Model High, placed ninth in the state in the highly competitive Public Speaking 1 event.
The state chapter of Georgia FBLA has over 25,000 members – one of the largest state chapters ever in the United States which makes these students’ accomplishments even more impressive.