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Sulphur Springs BPA students excel at national conference

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Sulphur Springs High School students did exceptionally well at the National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference and Contest in Dallas this summer. One student was elected to a national office, two placed in competition, two others competed and another represented the state BPA.

Whitney Hu was elected secretary of the National BPA, which will require her to travel to different states and promoting and acting as ambassador for the National Leadership Team. Hu served as president of Texas BPA for the 2008-2009 year. She passed the gavel to Cole Cable, who was elected to serve as Texas BPA president for the 2009-2010 school year, at the state meet.

“It is rare for a school to have two consecutive state presidents,” noted SSHS BPA Chapter Advisor Brenda McKinzie.

As state BPA president, Cable had a very active role in the national conference, acting as Texas’ lead voting delegate. He also was “very busy with the leadership aspects of this conference where he was very successful,” according to McKinzie.

Hu and Alyssa Post also both received the Ambassador Torch award, the highest degree attainable in BPA.

Ryan Clark went home from the national contest with first place in computerized accounting and Heath Robinson earned fourth in advanced spreadsheet. Clark advanced to the national meet after taking first in state in accounting. Robinson’s national score was one place higher than his state ranking.

Connor McCorkle and Michelle Malone also competed in the national contest. McCorkle advanced up after earning fourth at state in JAVA programming and Malone after taking second in legal concepts at state.

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 are designed to 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. It’s goal is to prepare a wold-class workforce through students’ advancements in leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.




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