A sophomore enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School has been elected president of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for the state of Florida.
Zach Sahin has held a chapter office and a district office previous, and will now serve as state president of the largest student organization in the country.
“I am very proud of Zach’s courage and commitment to lead Florida FBLA. He represents the best qualities of Pensacola High School, the I.B. Program, and our community,” Andrew Rehwinkel, PHS’s FBLA chapter advisor, said in a statement
Sahin credited his election to his campaign team.
“My campaign’s successes were not just a result of my hard work, but also the dedication of my campaign team, notably, PHS students, Jett Zhang, Kenya Barnes, Bao Duong, Tanner Struck, Jenna Kruse, Rita Cook, and Sam Coley. I would also like to thank my Chapter Advisors, Mr. Rehwinkel and John McDaniel, along with my District Advisor, Ms. Sherry Ponds, for their support throughout this year of planning,” Sahin said in a statement.
The newly elected state president said he looks forward to being in a position to affect change, state-wide.
“I envision growth in small FBLA chapters across Florida by providing them with increased competition assistance and by developing even stronger personal connections at all levels of the organization,” Sahin said.
According to Rehwinkel, Sahin — who will hold a seat on the FL FBLA board — wants to work with local area businesses to “grow awareness of FBLA as a growing organization in our community, full of diverse talent and enthusiastic young leaders. He wants to foster new middle school chapters that can interest students in the many resources of the organization at a younger age.”
Sahin’s accomplishment is the culmination of several years of PHS FBLA chapter growth, from 5 active members to over 100.
“Andrew Rehwinkel, has grown this program tremendously and to have this accomplishment within ECSD is very motivating!” Laura Brewer, IB Coordinator at PHS, said in a statement.
According to a statement from the Escambia County School District, the program growth would not have been possible without the current senior class, specifically Sam Coley, Rita Cook, and Eric Knight. FBLA promotes more than business knowledge (with 62 competition categories in math, public speaking, management, design, and technology) and leadership.
Sahin and his peers will travel to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June.