Magnolia High School BPA Students State Champions Advancing to Nationals

Other Magnolia High School national qualifiers included Jacob Sass who placed 2nd in Fundamental Accounting, Sarah Hubble who placed 2nd in Advanced Accounting, and Laila Espinoza who placed 2nd in Integrated Office Systems and Procedures. All seven National Qualifiers will travel to Boston, Massachusetts May 5-9 to attend the National Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America.

“We are defending our National Championship title earned last year by our Financial Analyst Team, and hope to secure additional National Championship titles. With the addition of our Business Practicum course we will offer beginning next fall, it is possible area businesses may be blessed to have our talented students come to work for them” said Diane Murray, the MHS BPA Sponsor.

In addition to their success in competition, three students were awarded scholarships. Neyda Castillo earned a $4,000 scholarship from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island for being named the state champion in Entrepreneurship; Laila Espinoza and Sarah Hubble were awarded a $1,000 and $750 scholarship respectively as two of fourteen BPA members from across the state recognized for outstanding achievement in BPA.

Other Magnolia High Students were named National Alternates. Earning a spot on the awards stage by placing 3rd in Administrative Support Team were members Brandon Frasier, Laila Espinoza, Emily Farley and Riley Boggan. Advancing to finals and Placing 4th, securing their spot as national alternates was the Web Site Design Team made up of members Taylor Riley, Daniel Toerner, Jacob Sass and Andrew Nunn. Their website has a focus on spreading the word about the ramifications of distracted driving. Please consider visiting their site and take the pledge to end distracted driving.

Additional Magnolia High School students competing at the state level competition were as follows: Riley Boggan - Fundamental Spreadsheet; Logan Bray - PC Servicing & Troubleshooting; Kimberley Duncan - Legal Office Procedures; Alexander Duvall – SQL Programming; Michelle Galeno – Database; Elizabeth Hernandez – Intermediate Word Processing; Hannah Robertson – Medical Office Procedures; Caleb Wall – Personal Finance Management; and Jacque Waters – Basic Office Systems and Procedures

Magnolia High School BPA members joined over 3,000 conference delegates from across the state to participate in state level business skill competitions, general sessions, and the state officer candidate campaigns and elections. The conference allows students to learn time management skills and a sense of responsibility as they stay at offsite hotels and are shuttled to and from their contests.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.