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KCCC Students Qualify for Business Professionals of America National Competition

Mount Vernon, OH – Knox County Career Center (KCCC) students competed in person
in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State competition held in Columbus, Ohio

KCCC had 7 students who qualified for nationals and 11 students who placed in the Top
10 in the BPA State competition. The 7 national qualifiers from KCCC will compete in the BPA
National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas May 4-8.

BPA is a career technical student organization that allows students to compete in various
competitions in the areas of Finance, Business Administration, Management Information
Systems, Digital Communications and Design, Management, Marketing and Communications,
and Health Administration.

The mission of BPA is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion
and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth, and
service. As a co-curricular organization, BPA has the ability to enhance student participation in
professional, civic, service, and social endeavors. BPA members participate in these activities to
accomplish their goals of self-improvement, leadership development, professionalism,
community service, career development, public relations, student cooperation, safety, and

Tammy Klein, CollegeU-Business program instructor, commented, “We are so very
proud of the time and effort students gave toward preparing for and competing in their BPA
contests. State contests were a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to Dallas!”

Klein added, “As a former BPA student, I have personally experienced how BPA can
change lives by opening eyes and minds to new possibilities.”

Nate Greene, Computer Network Technology program instructor, added, “I am extremely
proud of all of our students who qualified for nationals. These students have been studying and
preparing for their competitions for several months.”

The following students qualified for the BPA National Leadership Conference (National

  • Lydia Burak (CollegeU-Business) – Presentation Management Individual (3rd place)
  • Abigail Kennedy (CollegeU-Business) – Legal Office Procedures (3rd place)
  • Hannah Brooks (CollegeU-Business) – Human Resource Management (3rd place)
  • Dryden Hager (CollegeU-Business) – Business Law & Ethics (5th place)
  • Nathan Lubera (Computer Network Technology) – Computer Network Technology (1st place)
  • Ethan Temple (Computer Network Technology) – Network Administration using Cisco (4th
  • Logan O’Brien (Computer Network Technology) – Server Administration using Microsoft (5th

The following students placed in the Top 10 at the BPA State competition:

  • Kierstin Cox (CollegeU-Business) – Prepared Speech
  • Joshua Rashley (CollegeU-Business) – Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Robert Swint (Computer Network Technology) – Advanced Interview Skills
  • Griffyn Hoenie (Computer Network Technology) – Computer Network Technology
  • Blake Ward (Computer Network Technology) – Computer Security
  • Kaden Pealer (Computer Network Technology) – Network Administration using Cisco
  • John Auker (Computer Network Technology) – Server Administration using Microsoft
  • Garry Cooper (Digital Media & Software Development) – Digital Media Production
  • Dani Burky, Rachel Troyer, and Corrigan Iams (Digital Media & Software Development) –
    Computer Animation
  • Emma Frazee (Pre-Professional Mentorship) – Interview Skills
  • Holly Sawicki (Pre-Professional Mentorship) – Economic Research Individual

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