EHOVE students do well at National level
EHOVE students involved in BPA recently came back from national competition in Chicago with much to be proud of.
The mission of Business Professionals of America (BPA) is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. EHOVE programs participating in BPA are Computer Network Tech and Interactive Media Tech.
PHOTO: (L-R) Kevin Robinson (South Central HS), Tiffany Pleska (Western Reserve HS), Rena Arter (Edison HS), Mitchell Larson (Norwalk HS), Jessica Lavanty (Western Reserve HS), Sean McGraw (Danbury HS), Jenn Feathers (Vermilion HS), Coty Heim (Edison HS), Taylor Muncy (Norwalk HS), Cody Butz (Bellevue HS), Kayla Casto (New London HS), Ian Windau (Margaretta HS), Dillon Hall (New London HS), Jimmy McClune (Norwalk HS).
EHOVE students involved in BPA and who competed in Chicago for nationals had a great experience. Students not only competed, but also had some downtime to enjoy the Windy City. “It was a great experience to go to Chicago for nationals. I did my competition, went to the Sears Tower, several restaurants, and had the joy of meeting so many other people from other states as well,” said EHOVE’s Computer Network Tech student Cody Butz (Bellevue HS).
EHOVE’s Interactive Media Tech students Rena Arter (Edison HS) and Jessica Lavanty (Western Reserve HS) also shared a lot of excitement about going to nationals. “Nationals were very busy and huge. Thousands of students were there. It was great meeting new people. We learned a lot about leadership skills,” said Arter.
“What a great experience! It taught me a lot about team work,” said Lavanty.
EHOVE students shared different reasons for attending competition at the national level. For some, it was to enhance their resumes, college or job applications. For others, it was for the experience.
Some students wanted to see where they compare to other students with the skills they have learned at EHOVE. “I’ve always had a real interest in computers. I enjoy writing programs. BPA Nationals gave me the chance to express my skills and see how I compare to others,” said Butz.
“I went for several reasons: For the experience. It’s also something positive to add to my resume and college application. It also shows me where I stand compared to other students,” said Lavanty.
BPA is relevant to students’ future in the workforce and college. “I hope to do something with live television. As an Interactive Media Tech student at EHOVE and part of BPA, I have been given the skills on what it is like to do the same procedures as seen on live TV, which will help me in the workforce,” said Arter.
Rena has also been hired as the videographer for the Rip Cord at Cedar Point this year. “This event has helped me to get this job. It has given me knowledge and background information for my career field,” said Arter. “
It teaches you to be persistent and give it all you’ve got. It also teaches you how to talk and present yourself to people,” said Lavanty.
“My current goal is to go to college for Computer Software and Development. Being a part of BPA and going to nationals will look good on my college application,” said Butz.
The following students are a list of who went to Nationals in Chicago and what their categories were:
Advanced Word Processing Skills (S)
29 out of 60
Broadcast News Production Team (S)
5 out of 22
Digital Media Production (S)
11 out of 46
Financial Math & Analysis - Open (S)
56 out of 431
Global Marketing Team (S)
11 out of 29
Information Technology Concepts - Open (S)
19 out of 481
19 out of 481
22 out of 481
24 out of 481
25 out of 481
30 out of 481
33 out of 481
JAVA Programming (S)
6 out of 48
Merit Scholar (S)
22 out of 567
Mgmt / Marketing / HR Concepts - Open (S)
28 out of 643
Parliamentary Procedure Concepts - Open (S)
24 out of 406
EHOVE Career Center is a leading career tech school in Milan Township. This high school and adult education facility draws students from a variety of locales, and serves multiple school districts in Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties. Students are given the opportunity to take challenging academic classes in a customized and relevant curriculum, and gain hands-on training and real world experience to prepare them for college, a specific career, or the military. For more information, go to www.EHOVE.net or call 419-499-4663 x232.