Vantage BPA Students Qualify for State Competition…
Vantage Career Center recently hosted the first round of Region 16 Business Professionals of America (BPA) skills contests. Fifty students from the Vantage business programs – Interactive Media, Medical Office Management and Network Systems – competed in a variety of different contests including PC Security, Java Programming, Medical Office Procedures, Computer Modeling, Computer Animation, Network Design, Advanced Office Systems and Procedures, Administrative Support, and Parliamentary Procedures. This year, 33 students earned the right to advance to the state competition held in Columbus in the spring.
Several Network Systems students participated in events this year. Senior Mathew Niemeyer (Ottoville) took top honors in the Java Programming, while senior Marty Kessler (Paulding) placed second. A team of seniors – Zach Crider (Parkway), Seth Luginbill (Van Wert), Alex Miller (Delphos Jefferson) and Matthew Schrader (Delphos Jefferson) – placed first in the Network Design Team event, while a team of four juniors – Christian Lintermoot (Lincolnview), Cory Miller (Lincolnview), Justin Moenter (St. John’s), and Sam Wright (Crestview) took first place in the Computer Animation competition. Senior Rex Wilson (Ft. Jennings) placed first in the Computer Modeling contest. Junior Kenneth Pinks-Liebert (Parkway) placed first in the PC Servicing and Troubleshooting contest and his classmate Christian Laukhuf (Kalida) placed third. Senior Dmitry Billingsley (Continental) placed third in the Computer Security competition. A combined group of juniors from all three business programs – Jon Krouse (Crestview), Jordan Jacomet (St. John’s), Dakota Sensabaugh (Antwerp), Alexis Forester (Crestview), Alexa Longberry (Ft. Jennings), and Madison Smith (Van Wert) – took first place honors in the Parliamentary Procedures contest. Senior Emily Pastor (Paulding) took second place in the Integrated Office Applications contest.
Interactive Media senior Chelsea Gephart (Crestview) took top honors in the individual Presentation Management contest. Her classmates, Katelyn Johnson (Paulding) and Keatyn Hamilton (Delphos Jefferson) placed first and second respectively in the Digital Publishing contest, which was a pilot event this year.
The Medical Office Management program was well-represented in the winner’s circle. Senior Courtnie Laney (Wayne Trace) placed first in the Advanced Word Processing Skills contest. Junior Angel Kline (Lincolnview) placed first in the Advanced Office Systems & Procedures contest. Jill Ross, a senior from Wayne Trace took top honors in the Advanced Spreadsheet Applications event. First place honors also went to junior Alexis Doster (Continental) in the Medical Office Procedures contest and senior Danielle Dasher (Lincolnview) in the Legal Office Procedures event. The Administrative Support team of seniors Julia Balser (Antwerp), Britny Miller (Wayne Trace), Kaytlynn Puckett (Paulding), and Hannah Smith (Van Wert) also brought home top honors! Senior Mayleen Plescher (St. John’s) was the first place winner in the Extemporaneous Speech contest.
Students who qualified for the state contest will compete March 12 and 13 in Columbus. Congratulations and Good Luck to all student competitors!