Sulphur Springs High School was not only well represented at the state Business Professionals of America conference this past week, but the students also did well at the state conference.
Four Sulphur Springs BPA students scored high enough at the March 4-7 BPA 2009 State Leadership Conference/Contest to qualify for the national competition, five others were named as alternates, one was named to a national office, two earned special honors and one went home from Austin with a scholarship.
SSHS Chapter members Cole Cable, Shelby Canada, Ryan Clark, Jessica Cowley, Alexus Dismukes, Garrett Gray, Whitney Hu, Sam Long, Michelle Malone, Connor McCorkle, Jace Orren, Alyssa Post, Melissa Ream, Heath Robinson, Dillon Smith, Taylor Wilks and Brittney Woolley joined students from over 500 other chapters in Texas for business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, the state officer elections and national officer nominee election.
The conference was the culmination of a school year’s worth of business skills education and training which members of the local chapter of BPA have received.
In a rare turn of events, a SSHS student was named state BPA president, marking the second year a student from SSHS has held the honor.
“Whitney Hu who was the 2008-2009 State BPA President handing the gavel over to Cole Cable, who has been elected as the 2009-2010 State BPA President. It is rare for a school to have two consecutive state presidents,” said Brenda McKenzie, SSHS BPA sponsor.
Hu was also recognized as a Texas National Officer nominee, was awarded a $500 scholarship and was one of two students from SSHS to receive a statesman Torch Award. Alyssa Post was also a Torch Award-Statesman recipient.
SSHS students qualifying for the national competition included: Ryan Clark, Michelle Malone, Connor McCorkle and Heath Robinson. Clark advanced from the state meet with a first place finish in computerized accounting, Malone with second in legal office procedures, McCorkle fourth in JAVA programming and Robinson fifth in advanced spreadsheet competition.
Students named as national alternates included Dillon Smith, who finished fifth in digital media production; Garrett Gray, seventh in human resource management; Sam Long, eighth in economic research; Shelby Canada, eighth fundamental word processing; and Jessica Cowley, eighth prepared speech.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs compliment classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of skills learned at school. BPA acts as a cohesive agent in the nation-wide networking of education, business and industry. BPA contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.
— Compiled from information submitted by Brenda McKinzie, BPA sponsor
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