22 BPA students advance to state conference
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 23, 2006 - Sulphur Springs High School students competed at two academic meets over the weekend, at the Area I Region III Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference and Contest at Mesquite High School and the Dr. Tommy Eads Invitational University Interscholastic League Academic Tournament at North Lamar High School.

Of the 34 students competing in the BPA contest, 22 scored high enough to advance to the BPA State Leadership Conference and Contest in Lubbock March 1-4, and one student also received a $500 scholarship, according to sponsor Brenda McKinzie.

The SSHS UIL academic team, which was noted to be considerablely smaller than normal due to scheduling conflicts with other events such as BPA and sports, still came home from North Lamar with nine individual medals for first through sixth place finishes and had two teams recognized, according to SSHS Academic UIL Coordinator Gina Wilder.

Students earning first place honors at the regional BPA meet included Brandon Woolley, advance interview; Dillon Millsap, fundamentals of HTML; Shelbi Owens, fundamentals of word processing; and Tasia Barrett, medical office procedures.

Tasia Barrett was also awarded the $500 outstanding regional BPA member scholarship and was a member of the first ranked economic research team which also included Sarah McLeroy, Shelbi Owens and Marci Womack. Brandon Woolley and Rachel Ming made up the first ranked global marketing team, while Dillon Millsap, Lane McClung, Bailey Potts and Amanda Tredway filled out the web site development team.

Lane McClung was also awarded second place honors in spreadsheet application and analysis. Other second place BPA winners included Lauren Longino, desktop publishing; Collin Alexander, digital media; Josh Bowers, entrepreneurship; and Micaela McSheffery, graphic design promotion. 

Collin Alexander and Micaela McSheffery, along with Chase Helm and Laura Ream filled out the second ranked financial analysis team, while the second place global marketing team consisted of Kiffer Davis and Joel Thompson.

Laura Ream also placed third individually in advanced accounting. The third ranked administrative support team included Breanne Birchfield, Melissa Cutrell and Amanda Wade. The third place global marketing team included Lauren Longino, Landon McCaig, Brant Small and Josh Smith.

Fourth place BPA winners included Landon McCaig, digital media; Chase Helm, interview skills; Josh Smith, JAVA programming; Kiffer Davis, legal office procedures; Jessica Arledge, medical office procedures; and Mercades Brown, payroll accounting.

Students recognized for placing fifth at the region BPA conference included Erin Gassaway, Act Play assistant director, UIL Academic Coordinator 10 years, Caney Creek High School

Hector Limon,  coached UIL baseball for 25 years, the last five at Estacado High School

Steven Nelms, UIL choir sponsor 22 years and Texas State Solo & Ensemble sponsor 18 years, McKinney North High School

Marilyn Rollins, Grandview High School, 17 years accounting sponsor and 13 UIL coordinator

Wanda Sessions, Arlington High School, UIL One Act Play and speech and debate events sponsor several years

Sally Squibb, Lewisville High School, UIL speaking events sponsor 27 years and UIL Academic coordinator 31 years

Dr. Max Thompson, Redwater High School,  UIL debate and speaking competitions sponsor 17 years and prose and poetry interpretation three years

Rob Toups, Canton High School, UIL marching band, concert band and solo & ensemble sponsor 15 years

Donna Wallace, Van High School, UIL ready writing and literary criticism 17 years and spelling and vocabulary 10 years.

�The benefits of interscholastic competition and student performance are only possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors, coaches and directors like these,� said UIL Director Dr. Bill Farney.� �On behalf of the UIL, I commend these outstanding educators.�

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