State Officers 2017-2018
Gavin Barrett is a senior at Molalla High School and is serving as the Oregon FBLA State President. As a third-year member, Gavin has advanced his leadership from a sophomore member, to junior Chapter President, and finally to a senior State President. In his first year in FBLA, he ranked 5th in Impromptu Speaking, advancing on to NLC, and in his second year, he qualified to compete at NLC in both American Enterprise Project (4th place) and Business Ethics (2nd place).
In the fall of 2018, Gavin plans on attending Stanford University or another prestigious university. Due to large amounts of academic rigor throughout his high school career, Gavin will graduate a single social science course short of his associate degree, which opens up the possibility of double majoring, in political science and business. These majors point in the direction of his desired career field of a politician.
Gavin’s goals and achievements as an FBLA member and officer can be epitomized by the statement, “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you I didn't give up.’” He intends to leave his mark on the world through FBLA by being a leader who creates not followers, but more leaders.
Josie Notter is a senior at Hidden Valley High School. In 2016, she was elected the State President of Oregon FBLA, and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Oregon FBLA State Officer Team. Josie was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, but she lived in Ecuador for three years during her early childhood. Now, she enjoys spending her free time with her friends or participating in school activities. She plans on going to a four-year university to receive degrees in business marketing and music composition.
Josie is thankful for the continuous support from her friends, family, and FBLA in her leadership ventures. She believes FBLA is an organization that inspires and transforms students. It has served as her sense of direction; motivating her to become a leader and make a positive impact on the world.
Jaelen Grove is a junior at Ontario High School and is serving as the Blue Mountain Region Vice President. While in middle school, Jaelen learned about FBLA and became eager to be a part of such an amazing organization. She has been an FBLA member since 2015, and has been awarded the Future Level Business Achievement Award. At the end of her freshman year, she was eager to serve FBLA, and was elected to Historian of her chapter. At SBLC 2017, she placed 8th in Hospitality Management.
Along with FBLA, Jaelen has participated in National Honors Society, High Schools Against Cancer, and choir. After high school, she plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she will major in Aerospace Engineering, and minor in Flight and Business. After graduating from college, she hopes to work in mission control at NASA. Jaelen likes to spend her free time stargazing at the Malheur Butte, hanging out with friends, or assisting at her parent’s restaurant. She is very thankful for all her friends’ and family’s support. Jaelen is very excited to serve on this year’s officer team and to work with all Oregon FBLA.
Madelyn Cunningham is a senior at Bonanza High School. She has been a member of FBLA since 2014 and was elected as the Cascade Region Vice President at the 2017 State Business Leadership Conference. Madelyn first joined FBLA because of the pizza, but stayed because of all of the amazing opportunities it has to offer. Since that day, Madelyn has fallen in love with FBLA and hasn't been afraid to explore all facets. Madelyn served on her Chapter Officer Team for two years and was elected the 2016-2017 Chapter President for Bonanza FBLA.
Madelyn has competed in Business Communications, FBLA Principles and Procedures, Public Speaking I, and Public Speaking II. Madelyn has placed in the top four - qualifying her to complete at NLC, in both Public Speaking I and Public Speaking II. Madelyn has finished all three levels of the Community Service Awards and has completed her Future, Business, and Leader Level Business Achievement Awards. She also plans to achieve her America Level award this year.
During the rare moments Madelyn is not involved with FBLA, she enjoys playing softball, learning Japanese, and being involved in her school and community. After high school, Madelyn plans to double major in International Business and Japanese. One piece of advice Madelyn would give to new or returning members is, “Go for it! Don't be afraid to get involved or to fail; FBLA is all about learning. Take healthy risks and make the most out of the opportunities given to you.”
Sarah Ali, the Mt. Hood Region Vice President, is a junior at Centennial High School. She has been a member of FBLA for three years and has completed the Future and Business Level BAAs. As a freshman, she placed fourth in marketing and sixth in Entrepreneurship at her Regional Skills Conference. In 2017, she placed third in Business Financial Plan at SBLC, and attended the National Leader Conference in Anaheim, CA.
When she graduates from high school she plans on attending UCLA in California. While attending UCLA, she intends to major in Biochemistry and minor in Business. She plans on studying abroad in Dubai. Her future plans include coming home to Oregon where she will attend medical school at OHSU and pursue a career in cosmetic surgery. Sarah has held a variety of leadership roles and positions throughout various organizations and activities, including FBLA, Key Club, and Tennis.
Being a member of FBLA has helped Sarah build her personal and professional network. She has gained essential life skills through FBLA, and believes that not only will those skills help her become a strong leader in the organization, but also help her become a strong leader in society. Sarah believes that FBLA isn't just a organization; it's a long-lasting relationship that allows life lessons to be gained everyday.
Nick Williams is a junior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Tualatin, and is honored to be representing the Northwest Territories. Nick has been an FBLA member since day one of high school, and is dedicated to expanding FBLA in his region so that others may feel the joy and passion that he has felt during his time in FBLA. He placed seventh at SBLC in Public Speaking I his freshman year, and subsequently placed first his sophomore year. He also placed first in the Introduction to Business objective test his sophomore year, and has been a member of National Business Honor Roll for two years. Nick attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, something he considers the pinnacle experience of the top CTSO, and was excited to learn more about being a state officer during his time at the Institute for Leaders.
Nick is also the President of his local speech and debate clubs. He aspires to attend a top university like Stanford or the Georgia Institute of Technology to study engineering and business simultaneously, and plans on getting an MBA later in his career to move up the ladder to senior management. FBLA has helped him overcome adversity in his life, thereby creating undying loyalty and a drive to give back to the organization and those within it. In his free time, Nick takes pleasure in running, martial arts, biking, swimming and logic/debate, as well as the occasional game of Civilization VI.
Caitlyn Yates, your returning Rogue Umpqua Region Vice President, is a senior at Oakland High School. She has been a member of FBLA for three years. As a freshman, she took tenth in the state for Client Services, and as a sophomore she took ninth in Client Services. She also received the Who’s Who in FBLA scholarship during her junior year.
When she graduates from high school, she plans to go to Umpqua Community College for two years while in the police academy, then go to Western Oregon University to get her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After school she hopes to become a police officer and uphold justice. After being uniformed for several years, she plans on advancing to become a homicide detective.
Being in FBLA has taught her interview and communication skills. FBLA has also helped her develop more social skills and has made her jump out of her comfort zone to reach the high goals she has set for herself. Many opportunities have presented themselves to her as she has made her journey through the organization, such as getting to know what the job world is like, preparing for the future, and teaching her about the business world. Even though she wants to become a police officer, FBLA has helped her with all the skills needed for the world or work in general. Caitlyn is proud to be your state officer and is looking forward to working with all members of Oregon FBLA.
Rylie Chrusoskie is the Willamette Valley Region Vice President and a senior at Stayton High School. She has been a member of Oregon FBLA for three years. During her junior year, she served as a Chapter Co-President. At her Regional Skills Conference, she placed in Organizational Leadership and Introduction to Business. She plans on attending a community college, then transferring to the University of Oregon for business. Her career goal is to one day start her own business.
Rylie believes FBLA encourages and strengthens confidence in its members and their work. By being an active member of FBLA, members will grow, gain confidence, and be better members of their communities and schools.