These students spent many hours practicing with Mrs. Flo Moore, GWHS Business Education teacher and BPA advisor and coach and also on their own to ensure that they were prepared for the Regional Conference that was held at Gregory-Portland High School on Jan. 19, which was the qualifying meet for the BPA State Conference.
Six students placed high enough at Regionals to advance to state and recently spent a busy three days at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Houston. The students left for Houston on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 27. Thursday morning began with attendance at the opening session, and then the competitions began and continued through Saturday.
Students who competed in graded events had no idea if they were in the top eight until the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. However, students in speaking events knew if they were in the top two in their preliminary rounds and advanced to Finals. Katelyn Keach in Extemporaneous Speech and Shelby James in Prepared Speech each advanced to the finals in their respective events and competed in a second round of competitions.
After much suspense, it was learned that Zeliene Brown placed second in Medical Office Procedures and advanced to nationals for the second year in a row in this event. Katelyn Keach placed seventh in Extemporaneous Speech, Shelby James placed seventh in Prepared Speech, and Darin Cuevas placed tenth in Keyboarding Production. Other students attending were Tara Liska and Sarah Crawford.
Zeliene and Mrs. Moore will attend the BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 8-12.