BPA is “Building Professionals in America”
Lexington High School BPA is 21 members strong with 20 of the members competing at the Area 3 Region 2 Leadership Conference on January 29, 2011. Students completing in individual events were: John Stover’ Entrepreneurship; Miranda Moffett, Presentation Management; Gregory Willrich, Medical Office Procedures; Jeannette Cargill, Desktop Publishing; Chelsey Iselt, Keyboarding Production; Madison Higgins, Fundamentals of Word Processing; Madison Bexley, Prepared Speech; Leeann Burkett, Administrative Support Research; Kayla Kussad, Spreadsheet applications; Adrian Lovings, Banking & Finance; Zane Kleinschmidt, Extemporaneous Speech. Students competing in team events were: Kyler Beisert, Donn Miller, Michael Cass- Web Design; Nole Oppermann, Noe Araujo, Zane Kleinschmidt- Video Production; Regina Owens and Sara Hannigan, Economic Research Team; Vaughn Kassner and Joseph Colonna, Administrative Support Team.
From the Region events we had 7 State Alternates: Noe Araujo, Zane Kleinschmidt, Nole Oppermann, Adrian Lovings, Chelsey Iselt, and Jeannette Cargill. Moving on to State competition were 11 State Qualifiers: Miranda Moffett, Presentation Mtg.; John Stover, Entrepreneurship; Leeann Burkett, Administrative Support Research; Kayla Kussad, Spreadsheet Applications; Gregory Willrich, Medical Office Procedures; Madison Bexley, Prepared Speech; Sara Hannigan and Regina Owens, Economic Research Team; Kyler Beisert, Michael Cass, and Donn Miller- Web Design. Gregory Willrich also ran for Area 3 Region 2 office and won the position of Region President. These students represented Lexington High School at the State Leadership Conference March 2-5, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. While in Fort Worth, Michael Cass, Donn Miller, and Kyler Beisert made it on stage as National Alternates in Web Design Team Event.
Students compete against 1A- 5A schools. Being one of the smallest schools in the Region to compete, Lexington has one of the highest percent of students qualifying for competition at the state level. “I believe it is their dedication and determination that carries them this far,” said Donell Eichler, BPA Advisor. Our students begin working with their event in September for Region competition in January.
Business Professionals of America is an organization that is present in Lexington High School. Students are exposed to over 40 different competitive events. These events range from accounting, public speaking, entrepreneurship, C++ Programming, Web Design, Medical Office Procedures, to Graphic Design Promotion, just to name a few. Once students choose an event they feel comfortable with they spend the fall semester preparing for the Region Leadership Conference in late January. Students also have opportunity to run for Region, State, and National office or compete through “open” events. Open events are similar to competitive events as students prepare for the events ahead of time. The difference is a student is only allowed to compete in one individual and one team event and if he/she places high enough can advance to State and National Competition. Students are allowed to compete in as many “Open” events as they choose, but do not have the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.