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BPA State Competition Results
EHOVE students made quite a showing at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State competition on March 12 in Columbus by competing against other high school students from across Ohio. 17 EHOVE students finished in the top 10 and were recognized with awards on-stage.
Three students, Visual Media Tech students Jocelyn Didion (Bellevue HS) and Sarah Hall (Vermilion HS) and Computer Network Tech student Nick Shenefield (Norwalk HS) became national qualifiers by finishing in the top spots.
UPDATE: Four more students also became national qualifiers in a category that was judged after this article was released. Stock Market Challenge team of Business & Marketing students Zach Hall (Margaretta HS), Travis Heitsche (Western Reserve HS), Kaylee Musso (Norwalk HS) and Jordan Sanders (Monroeville HS).
“It feels good to make it to Nationals,” said Hall who created a 3D model for her competition. “I put a lot of hard work into it but this is what I want to do for my career. Putting these accomplishments on a resume will help me later for getting a job.”
Making it to the national competition is a big deal to the students. Each plans to study whatever they can to add more detail and make improvements to their presentations so they can be the best they can be.
“It’s motivating to make it to the national level,” said Didion. “You have to discipline yourself to work hard and then work even harder but it boosts your self-confidence to know that you did well even to make it this far.”
“It’s exciting,” said Shenefield. “Go big or go home is what I say.”
BPA is a student organization offered to students in relevant programs at EHOVE. Members contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. Programs involved in BPA at EHOVE include Computer Network Tech, Visual Media Tech and Business & Marketing.
"Business Professionals of America provides students with learning experiences that provide a great extension of their career and technical programs,” said EHOVE Business & Marketing Instructor and Lead BPA Advisor Jennifer Steinbrick. “In addition to these hands-on learning experiences, students also establish employability and leadership skills that will help to prepare them to be valuable members of the workforce."
PHOTO: (L-R) Visual Media Tech students Jocelyn Didion (Bellevue HS) and Sarah Hall (Vermilion HS) and Computer Network Tech student Nick Shenefield (Norwalk HS)