Sulphur Springs High School was well represented at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference held earlier this month in Florida. Six students competed and three placed within the top 15 in their category — one in the top 10.
“The conference was the culmination of a school year’s worth of business education and training which members of the local chapters of Business Professionals of America at Sulphur Springs High School have received,” said SSHS BPA Chapter advisor Tracy Stewart, who teaches business information management and touch system data entry. “All six students strongly represented Texas in their various BPA events. In the local BPA organization, several of these students also served as officers for the 2012-2013 school year. Jarred Cowley has served as president, Magan Smith as secretary and Rebecca Halter as reporter.”
Jarred Cowley came in eighth in the nation in advanced accounting, a feat for which he was recognized during the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the May 8-12 conference.
Mikayla Jones placed 11th and Rebecca Halter placed 15th in database applications. Both also earned Microsoft Office specialist certification in Access.
Also advancing to the national contest to compete in the categories they earned high marks in at the state BPA meet were Morgan Owens in advanced office systems and procedures, Magan Smith in individual administrative support research project and Jesse Trujillo in human resource management.
The SSHS students joined more than 5,000 other top BPA students from across the nation who converged in Orlando to participate in business skills competitions, general sessions and the national officer candidate campaign.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology.
The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. BPA acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry.
BPA contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.
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