A retired educator and longtime FBLA advocate from Nunez has received a coveted award from the organization. The presentation of the Georgia FBLA Honorary Life Membership Award was made to Cherie Hooks’s surprise during the 2022 state leadership conference held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on March 11 and March 12.
This award is one of the ways Georgia FBLA recognizes outstanding retired advisers and individuals like Hooks who have contributed to the success of the Georgia chapter of Future Business Leaders of America.
Hooks served as an FBLA adviser at Swainsboro High School for 22 years. During that time, she was elected to serve on the Georgia FBLA Board of Directors and the National FBLA Board of Directors alike. She served as an adviser to 13 state officers and two national officers. Further, Swainsboro High FBLA, under her direction, won the prized Georgia FBLA Chapter of the Year Award at least a dozen times.
Additionally, Swainsboro FBLA had numerous state and national winners over the past 22 years. Only a handful of small rural schools have had FBLA members qualify and compete on the national level for 20-plus consecutive years, but Swainsboro High School has done just that and most of those years brought home a national winner or two, thanks to Hooks’s leadership.
She is now the Director of Leadership and Training for Georgia FBLA. Hooks was “completely taken by surprise” when she received this honor over the weekend. She had this to say about the award:
“I was completely surprised by this honor. Since I am currently employed by Georgia FBLA, I never entertained the thought that I would receive this award until I retired from my current position. It is the highest honor for Georgia FBLA to bestow on retired advisers, and I am humbled by the acknowledgement of my dedication to Swainsboro High School FBLA.”