Claremore Daily Progress

April 7, 2014

Students earn top awards at state leadership competition

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Claremore Progress

PRYOR —

In late March, eight students from the Business and Multimedia program at the Northeast Technology Center (NTC) Pryor Campus attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Conference in Tulsa. 
The multi-day conference provided students with opportunities for gathering information related to their career choice and many were able to make professional contacts with individuals already in the industry.  
Business Professionals of America is the leading Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. 
BPA supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards. With 2,300 chapters in 23 states, the mission of BPA is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.
This year’s state conference also included a number of competitive events in which students could submit projects. 
Known as the Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP), the competition prepares students to succeed in the real world by allowing them to develop business skills and problem solving abilities in areas involving finance, management, information technology and computer applications. 
“Thousands of students from all over Oklahoma attended the conference, and I could not be more proud of the performance of our students,” said NTC Pryor instructor April Blackwell. “All placed in the Top 10 within their project categories, and several of our students took first or second place with their projects.” 
Students placing first or second in their events will go on to the National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on April 30, and Pryor NTC will be sending four students to this national competition. 
“These students have participated in multiple rounds of competition, and I am so proud of the way they have responded at each level,” Blackwell said. “They continue to display the critical thinking skills that will make them successful employees in their chosen profession.” 
The eight Pryor students who participated in the 2014 BPA State Conference WSAP competitions finished as follows: 
•1st Place: Megan Gillispie, Post-Secondary Student - Digital Media Production; Maddie Murray, Claremore High School - Prepared Speech
•2nd Place: Luke Weathers, Chouteau High School - Digital Media Production; Magdalena Grossman, Pryor High School - Advanced Interview Skills
•3rd Place: Maddi Hann, Claremore High School - Administrative Support Research Project 
•Top 10: Lindsey Philpott, Pryor High School - Interview Skills; Taylor Kozinski, Claremore High School - Integrated Office Systems; Destini Moore, Post-Secondary Student - Graphic Design Promotion and Desktop Publishing with InDesign