The Greenbrier Middle School Future Business Leaders of America sent off Linda Grooms in style. The school's business and technology teacher is retiring this year.
The club won individual and school awards at the Feb. 28 State Leadership Conference in Macon.
The school won first place and national honors for its local activities report for the eighth consecutive year.
Greenbrier Middle also received a gold seal chapter award and a top 5 gold seal chapter award for the eighth year in a row, and Principal Sharon Carson received the state award for Middle Level Supporter for FBLA.
Grooms attributed the pupils' accomplishments to their hard work and their desire to succeed.
"I don't just pick out any students," she said.
More than 800 people attended the conference, Grooms said, and some of the events had more than 100 competitors.
Greenbrier Middle has had an FBLA chapter since the school opened in 2000. Grooms said it is the county's only middle school to sponsor an FBLA club.
"I have been involved with FBLA since I was a ninth-grader in high school," said Grooms, who is retiring after 30 years of teaching.
She will continue her association with the organization on a statewide level, though. She will take over the middle level FBLA duties, which include planning conferences and overseeing competitions.
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