Of the 20 Sulphur Springs High School Business Professionals of America members competing at the State BPA Leadership Conference last week, eight individuals and two teams earned recognition for their first through eighth place finishes in individual competition. Of those, six also qualified to compete at the national meet May 8-12 in Florida.
“The students did an amazing job in their competitions,” Jenny Arledge, career and technical education teacher, said of the Feb. 27-March 2 state conference. “We are so proud of all of our BPA members who went to state and gave their competition 110 percent. They are all winners for the accomplishments that they have achieved this year. We are ready to ‘Uncover Our Magic’ in Orlando, Florida.”
In order to qualify for nationals in a judged individual event, the student had to place in the top three. To qualify in a non-judged individual event, the students had to place in the top five. Only teams earning first or second place at state advance to nationals.
Representing SSHS at the national conference will be Morgan Owens, Mikayla Jones, Rebecca Halter, Jesse Trujillo, Magan Smith and Jarred Cowley.
Morgan Owens and Mikayla Jones both earned top honors at the state meet. Owens placed first in advanced office systems and procedures at both the regional and state meets. Jones placed third at region and first at state in database applications.
Earning second place honors at state were Rebecca Halter in database applications and Jesse Trujillo in human resource management. Halter advanced to state on a second place database applications finish at region and Trujillo was third at region.
One individual and two teams earned third place honors at state.
Magan Smith was the third-ranked individual in administrative research project at state. Smith, Halter and Will Horton also made up the the third-ranked economic research team at state. The third place state financial analyst team included Jarred Cowley, Vivi Cruz, Evan Meek and Macie McIllwain; Cowley was recognized for his fifth place finish in advanced accounting and Meek for sixth place in advanced spreadsheet applications at state.
At region, Magan Smith took top honors with her individual administrative support project, Halter second place honors in database applications and Horton finished fourth place in human resource management. The financial analyst team advanced to state after placing first at region, where individually, Cowley won second in advanced accounting, Meek third in advanced spreadsheet applications and McIllwain fifth in fundamental accounting.
Olivia Phelps was also recognized for placing fifth in state in advanced interview skills competitions. She advanced to the state contest after winning first at region.
Also competing at the state meet in Houston last week were Charmain Crook in interview skills, Jordan Eckerd in C++ programming, Ivon Gonzalez in advanced interview skills, J.T. Grant in payroll accounting, Macy Johnston in integrated office procedures, Devin Mitchell in JAVA programming, Cade Mitchell in desktop publishing, Emily Petty in advanced spreadsheet applications and Kennedy Potts in fundamental word processing.
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