Two BPA students to attend national conference and contest in New York City

From Staff Reports 

Mar. 13, 2007 - Two Business Professionals of American students will represent Sulphur Springs High School at the National Leadership Conference and Contest, one as a contestant and the other as a regional officer.

Rachel Ming qualified to compete at the national contest after placing first in the computerized accounting contest during the BPA 2007 State Leadership Conference held in Corpus Christi Feb. 28-March 3.

Jimmy Helfferich will also be attending the national conference May 9-13 in New York City, representing the region as president.

The students were among 16 BPA students from SSHS attending the state meet.

�Students from the Texas Association�s Regional Leadership Conference and Contest qualified to participate at the state level conference. The conference emphasizes business work force education and training which members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at Sulphur Springs High School have received,� said chapter advisor Brenda McKinzie, a career and technology business teacher.

Ming, Helfferich, Fressia Alvarado, Justin Brown, Mercades Brown, Ryan Clark, Dakota Graham, Brandon Harry, Whitney Hu, Jeff Johnson, Sam Long, Rachel Ming, Dustin Olague, Sam Pierce, Melissa Ream and Dillon Smith were among 2,000 conference delegates from across the state who participated in state level business skills competitions, general sessions, and the state officer candidate campaigns and elections.

McKinzie was also awarded a plaque naming her  BPA Texas Association’s Outstanding Advisor award for the 2006-2007 school year.

BPA is a national organization for students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. The organization’s activities complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through the application of the skills learned at school.

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