High School BPA chapter successful at district contest


The Switzerland County High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club came away with nine first place finishes at the BPA District Leadership Conference held at Seymour High School on Saturday, January 17th.

Competing against 18 other schools, including chapters from Columbus, Bloomington, and New Albany, Switzerland County High School students captured victories in Word Processing; Database Applications; Advanced Spreadsheet Applications; Computerized Accounting; Presentation Management; Interview Skills; and Administrative Support.

In all, 17 Switzerland County students will move on to compete at the upcoming State Leadership Conference, which takes place from March 7th-9th in Indianapolis.

Students qualifying for State include:

– Fundamental Word Processing: first, Samantha Helt; second, Tim McAlister; sixth, Trish Smith; and ninth, Katie Bentle.

– Advanced Word Processing: first, Danielle Ballard; second, Shayla Smith; and fourth, Samantha Morgan.

– Desktop Publishing: eighth, Bri Simpkins.

– Integrated Office Applications: first, Caity Hale.

– Database Applications: first, Lacey Peelman.

– Advanced Spreadsheet Applications: first, William Carr; second, Emma Johnson; and fourth, Tim McAlister.

– Computerized Accounting: first, Dylan Griffith.

– Presentation Management (Individual): first, Jamie Phipps.

– Presentation Management (Team): second, Leslie Johnson, Rachel Griffin, Katie Bentle, and Emma Johnson.

– Administrative Support (Team): first, Caity Hale, William Carr, Lacey Peelman, and Kayla Barnes.

– Interview Skills: third, Shayla Smith.

– Advanced Interview Skills: first, Danielle Ballard.

– Prepared Speech: third, Kathe Spoores.


Business Professionals of America is a national organization consisting of more than 51,000 high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology.

The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by providing students with practical experience through the application of skills learned in school.

For more information about the Switzerland County BPA, please contact Debbie Seaver or Travis Martin at bpa@switzerland.k12.in.us; or by phone at 427-2626.