Students at Buckeye Career Center’s East Holmes Campus as well as the Garaway Business Program punched their tickets to Dallas, Texas, thanks to their performances in the Business Professionals of America State Conference. The students placed high enough to go on to compete at Nationals, set for May 9 – 13.
To advance, students must qualify at the regional level and then perform well at the State contest. Amy Stauffer-McNutt, who serves as a teacher at the East Holmes Campus of Buckeye Career Center, noted that all Business Professionals of America advisors agree to help out at the conference in an area their students do not compete in. To make that happen, she relies on the help of volunteers who go through FBI and BCI background checks to volunteer their time with students.
“Three parent chaperones may seem like a lot for a group of 20 students but, as soon as they arrived, they had to get the Parli Pro team to their room, Small Business Management Team to their room and Entrepreneurship contestants all the way across the skywalk to another building — all at the same time,” she explained. “They need to calm nerves, boost morale, share laughs, hold backpacks and phones, find testing rooms and more.”
National qualifiers include:
Buckeye Career Center Computer Technology/Network Systems: Alex Mann (Claymont) – Fourth place in System Administration with Microsoft; Zane Robertson (New Philadelphia), Aaron Albaugh (New Philadelphia), and Sydney Sinkovich (New Philadelphia) – Second place Network Design Team.
Garaway Business Program: Peyton Miller – Third place in Payroll Accounting; Karson Schrock – Fourth place in Payroll Accounting; and Bethany Rider – Fourth in Banking and Finance;
Buckeye Business Academy, East Holmes Campus: Josh Garber, Micah Troyer, Treva Beachy, Thomas Troyer, Mary Beth Mullet, Anson Troyer, Joshua Troyer and Kerri Miller – First place Parliamentary Procedure Team.
Statesmen Level Torch Awards were won by the following BCC East Holmes students: Rachel Weaver, Annie Shetler, Karlin Yoder, Diane Schlabach, Chris Miller, Josiah Miller, Treva Beachy, Micah Troyer, Thomas Troyer, Mary Beth Mullet, Josh Garber, and Joshua Yoder. In addition, the
BCC East Holmes Chapter was one of seven chapters in Ohio to earn the BPA Chapter Activities Award of Excellence.
“All three of the Buckeye Career Center chapters – Main Campus, Garaway Satellite, and East Holmes campus – have National qualifiers, which is a reflection on the rigor and quality of the career tech education programs, dedication of teachers, and the outstanding efforts of our local students,” Stauffer-McNutt added.
The following students placed in the top 10 in their respective categories at state but did not qualify for nationals: William Abel (Dover) – Computer Security; and Robert Dotson (Garaway) – Computer Security; Buckeye Business Academy East Holmes Campus: Josiah Miller, Caleb Miller, Abe Hershberger, and Chris Miller – Top 10 in Small Business Management Team; Grace Miller – Top 10 in Administrative Support Concepts; Joshua Yoder and Josh Garber – Top 10 in Business Meeting Management Concepts; Treva Beachy, Josh Garber, Micah Troyer, Thomas Troyer, and Joshua Yoder – Top 10 in Parliamentary Procedure Concepts; Josh Garber – Ohio BPA Merit Scholar Top 10.