BPA attends State


 The Switzerland County Middle School and Switzerland County High School chapters of the Business Professionals of America once again had an outstanding representation at the recent State Competition — with several members advancing on to the National Competition which will be held May 1st-5th in Anaheim, California.

  “The goal of BPA is to develop leadership, academic, and technological skills among students in order to enable them to become leaders in the workplace as well as leaders within the community,” sponsor Kodi Thayer said. “Every year BPA hosts a National Leadership Conference (NLC) with nearly 6,000 students from across the nation. At NLC, students compete in over 71 competitive events with students from across the United States.”

  At the high school competition, senior Garrett Demaree is advancing to the national in two categories, as he earned first place overall at the state competition in Advanced Interview Skills; and also placed sixth in the state in Advanced Spreadsheets.

  Joining him in Anaheim will be Calleigh Powell, who earned third place at the state competition in Prepared Speech; Sierra Hamilton, who earned third place in the state in ICD-10 Diagnostic Coding; and Sydney Thomas, who advanced in Fundamental Desktop Publishing by finishing 11th overall.

  Switzerland County Middle School had two state first place winners, with three students advancing to the nationals.

  Carly Bennett earned first place in Financial Literacy to advance; and she is joined by the team of Ava Cole and Madalyn Levell, who earned first place in Administrative Support Team.

  Along with the competition winners, Switzerland County BPA will also send five other high school students, who earned a trip to the Nationals based on Torch Points through the Torch Awards Program.

  With in BPA students have the opportunity to earn Torch Points in seven different categories: Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism. The program is designed to promote professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth.

  Switzerland County students earning enough points to advance to the nationals are: Ariel Oeffinger , Emma Sullivan, Zoe Cole, Sam White, and Alex Edwards.


  Other students representing Switzerland County High School at the State Leadership Conference include:

  • Ariel Oeffinger: Region 12 President. Competed in Economic Research and Business Law.

  • Zoe Cole: competed in fundamental desktop publishing.

  • Sam White: competed in personal financial responsibility.

  • Alex Edwards: competed in Advanced Office Systems and personal financial responsibility.

  • Derek Elliott: competed in graphic design promotion.

  • Lexi Lay: competed in fundamental word processing and fundamental spreadsheet application.

  • Emma Sullivan: competed in interview skills and entrepreneurship.

  • Jordan Scott: competed in entrepreneurship.

  • Annabelle Bear: competed in business law.

  • Ben Smith: competed in business law.

  • Braydan Allen: competed in interview skills.


  In addition, the flowing students earned their Statesman Torch Award, which is 50 points in each of the seven torch categories: Ariel Oeffinger, Calleigh Powell, Garrett Demaree, Sydney Thomas, Zoe Cole, Sam White, Sierra Hamilton, and Alex Edwards.