Switzerland County BPA students excel at Region Leadership Conference

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This past Saturday, December 10th, 15 students from Switzerland County High School Business Professionals of America club competed in the Region Leadership Conference at West Washington High School.

For the BPA members, the trip to West Washington High School was a successful one.

Switzerland County had 15 students competing, and of those 15 students, 13 advanced on to the State Leadership Conference, which will be held on March 12th-14th in Indianapolis.

In addition, two Switzerland County students: MacKenzie Covington and Summer Dickerson, earned the ‘Diplomat Torch Award’. In order to win the Diplomat Torch Award a student must earn 30 points in each of the following 7 categories: Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism.

For each category, there are a number of activities that a student can do in the school and community in order to satisfy the requirements.

In addition to the torch winners and event winners, Calleigh Powell will be the 2017-2018 Region 12 President. This means that she will be in charge of the Region Leadership Conference next year and will be a part of the State Officer Leadership Team. As a part of the SOLT, she will be required to attend training during the summer; go to meetings throughout the school year; and most importantly, be in charge of the State Leadership Conference next year.

Here are the results from the Region Leadership Conference:

– Advanced Spreadsheet Applications: Garrett Demaree, first place; Tyler Perry, third place; Emerson Schroer, fourth place; and Tyler Manbeck, fifth place. All four will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

-Fundamental Desktop Publishing: Hope Tankersley, first place; Tyler Manbeck, second place; and Hanna Lime, third place. All three will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– Interview Skills: Emerson Schroer, first place; MacKenzie Covington, fifth place. Emerson will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– Extemporaneous Speech: Calleigh Powell, first place; Emma Sullivan, third place. Both will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– Prepared Speech: Calleigh Powell, first place; Hope Tankersley, fifth place. Calleigh will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– The Small Business Management Team of Garrett Demaree, Ariel Oeffinger, and Sydney Thomas won their category and will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– In Entrepreneurship, Ariel Oeffinger earned second place and will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– In Legal Office Procedures, Trey Gray earned second place and will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– In Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, Trey Gray earned third place and will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– The Fundamental Research Team of Summer Dickerson and MacKenzie Covington earned second place and will advance to the State Leadership Conference.

– In Presentation Management, Individual: Lane Penick earned fourth place.

– In Fundamental Word Processing: Emma Sullivan earned sixth place and Isabella Robinson earned ninth place.

– In Advanced Word Processing: Tyler Perry earned sixth place.

– In Medical Office Procedures: Summer Dickerson earned sixth place and Isabella Robinson earned seventh place.

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In Open Events held during the conference:

– In Financial Math and Analysis: Emerson Schroer earned sixth place and Isabella Robinson earned ninth place.

– In Administrative Support Concepts: Summer Dickerson earned second place and Ariel Oeffinger earned 10th place.

– In Info Tech Concepts: Lane Penick earned 10th place.

– In Business Meeting Management: MacKenzie Covington earned first place, Ariel Oeffinger earned fourth place, and Garrett Demaree earned ninth place.

– In Management, Marketing, and HR Concepts: Summer Dickerson earned second place, MacKenzie Covington earned fourth place, Calleigh Powell earned fifth place and Garrett Demaree earned sixth place.