FBLA Participates in the Disney Y.E.S. Program

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Alison Moore, New Albany High school teacher and Future Business Leaders of America sponsor, left New Albany headed to Orlando, FL with 23 students. The purpose of the trip was to participate in two Disney Y.E.S. (Youth Education Series) programs. Disney Youth Education Series programs take place in the information-rich setting of the Disney Parks and give students – and their teachers – a hands-on, educational adventure.  The Future Business leaders participated in a collection of accredited, standards-based, guided field studies in the area of Leadership Development. The students had to practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and step out of their comfort zones as Disney cast members took them on a memorable journey using the magic of Disney to make learning even more impactful.


The students and chaperones completed two programs during their stay, “Learning Teamwork through Improvisation” and “Photo Storytelling”. Both programs focused on leadership, innovation, risk taking, and teamwork. The Disney cast members emphasized the importance of working together with a positive attitude to complete every task they gave the students.

This trip provided the students many valuable life-lessons. From planning, meeting deadlines and raising money, to learning how to navigate through an airport and read park maps, the students made memories and connections that would not have been possible without going on this journey.

NAHS Student Wins MCEF Video Contest

Michelle Luo
Michelle Luo

Michelle Luo, a sophomore at New Albany High School (NAHS), is the first place winner in a video contest sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF).   Luo, a journalism student, discovered the contest online and approached her journalism teacher LeeAnn Thompson and Construction Instructor about the possibility of developing a video for the MCEF Contest.

The purpose of the contest was to develop videos that highlighted the many ways that construction and manufacturing education programs are helping students achieve their goals, as well as increase the knowledge of how these programs are building the future of Mississippi’s workforce.

Luo explained that the video promoted the Career and Technical Center and brought more awareness to the construction program, as well as opportunities in the field of construction.  She said that she was pleased with the fact that the video brought recognition to not only her as an individual but to the school.  Luo explained that she wrote interview questions, did research, filmed, and edited the video with support from Robbins.  She was assisted by fellow journalism student Madison Graham who helped with more of the creativity side of building the video.

Although quality and content was a consideration for the judges, the votes and shares she received were what helped Luo to win.  Voting began on November 11 and continued for three days.  Then, additional votes were received through “shares” on the MCEF Facebook page.  Thompson was very instrumental in promoting her video once it was completed and the voting process started.

Thompson emailed teachers and ask them to both vote and spread the word about the contest.  She also worked with administrators and school staff to promote voting on the video through the school district’s Twitter announcements.   “Everyone got to know Michelle through the homecoming video project #SaveChandler that the journalism class did in September,” Thompson said.   “That project helped to build her a fan base.”  Luo was instrumental in writing the script, filming, editing, and producing that video for homecoming.

Thompson said that one of the things that made her the most proud during this project was how the students came together during the voting to promote Michelle and her video.  John Wright Welborn, a journalism student with Michelle, said that “it was truly a team effort and that many of the students at NAHS were contacting friends and family from other areas of the state, as well as former NAHS graduates to get votes for her.”

Robbins who is excited that his program was promoted throughout the project and the voting says he is impressed with Luo as a student and respects her “creativity, initiative, organization, determination, and intelligence”.