BPA chapter excels at District Leadership Conference


The Business Professionals of America’s “District Leadership Conference” was held on Saturday, January 12th, at Greensburg High School.

The Switzerland County High School chapter had 32 members compete at the district competition; and 26 of those students earned the opportunity to advance on to the State Leadership Conference – the highest number of competitors that Switzerland County High School has ever taken to state.

After a morning of competition, a number of students participated in the ‘Torch Ceremony’. During the Torch Leadership Awards ceremony, ‘Diplomat Awards’ were presented to six Switzerland County High School students: Erika Coy, Chloe Griffin, Lauren Edwards, Adeli Kinne, Jacob Jones, and Logan Todd.

The following students advanced on to the State Leadership Conference in these business-related areas:

– Fundamental Accounting: Erika Coy, ninth overall.

– Fundamental Spreadsheets: Micah Works, fourth overall; and Nate Hunter, 10th overall.

– Advanced Spreadsheets: Mikhail Cole, first overall.

– Banking and Finance: Devin Coy, third overall; and Vicky Abbott, seventh overall.

– Economic Research Project, Individual: Devin Coy, third overall.

– Keyboarding: Courtney Gullion, sixth overall; Rachel Ard, seventh overall; Chantel Ballard, ninth overall; and Brooke Todd, 10th overall.

– Fundamental Word Processing: Adeli Kinne, second overall; Jacqueline Hensley, fourth overall; Alexis Snider, fifth overall; McKenna Edwards, sixth overall; Stephanie Smith, seventh overall; and Ben Curran, ninth overall.

– Advanced Word Processing: Paige Ridener, first overall; Shyla Prince, second overall; and Lindsey Turner, fifth overall.

– Desktop Publishing: Paige Ridener, first overall; and Bre Ricketts, fifth overall.

– Database Applications: Celby Kinney, first overall; Tyler Teel, third overall; Olivia Pavy, fourth overall; Nolan Armstrong, ninth overall; and Jacqueline Hensley, 11th overall.

– Administrative Support Team: Celby Kinney, Erika Coy, Shyla Prince, and Mikhail Cole, first overall.

– Small Business Management Team: Logan Todd and Lindsey Turner, second overall.

– Advanced Interview Skills: Chloe Griffin, first overall.


The following students made the stage, but either did not place high enough in their event, or they placed in an ‘Open Event’ – which does not advance to state.

– Extemporaneous Speech: Logan Todd fourth and Zac Park sixth.

– Interview Skills: Jaclyn Hart, fourth.

– Presentation Management Team: Adeli Kinne and Stephanie Smith, third.

– Fundamental Spreadsheets: Ben Curran placed 12th.

All students have the opportunity to take open events, according to BPA sponsor Debbie Seaver.

At the awards ceremony the top 12 students in each category were announced:

– Administrative Support Concepts: Adeli Kinne, third; Lauren Edwards, 10th; and Korah Taylor 12th.

– Financial Math and Analysis: Vicky Abbott, seventh.

– Business Meeting Management: Alexis Snider, first.

– Project Management Concepts: Jaclyn Hart, second.

– Management, Marketing and Human Resources: Micah Works, 12th.


Switzerland County High School senior Chloe Griffin is the District President for 20122-2012, and she was in charge of running the entire district conference.

Senior Logan Todd, a BPA State Officer, assisted Chloe Griffin during the competition.

“We also had many other students: Celby Kinney, Adeli Kinne, Stephanie Smith, Erika Coy, and Paige Ridener step up and help during the district competition,” Debbie Seaver said. “The students represented Switzerland County High School in a positive light.”

Principal Gregg Goewert was present for the awards ceremony along with BPA sponsors, Debbie Seaver and Kodi Thayer.