IRHS students excel

Nine students from Indian River High School have qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2005 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Cal. on April 21-25.

Students Mindy Allen, Eddie Edwards, Sean McMullen, Brenna Morin, Shawn Outten, Tim Paris, Karalyn Roach, Brad Tephabock and Tommy Reichert will join more than 5,000 conference delegates from across the country at the national conference. They will participate in business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions and national officer candidate campaigns and elections. The theme of this year’s national conference is “Strike It Rich.”

Eight students earned invitations to the national conference by placing near the top of their events at the Delaware BPA Leadership Conference in Dover on March 3 and 4. These students are:

Karalyn Roach: 2nd place Payroll Accounting

Sean McMullen: 2nd place Human Resource Management

Tim Paris: 2nd place VISUAL BASIC Programming

Brenna Morin: 2nd place Economic Research Project- Individual and 3rd place Extemporaneous Speech

Brad Tephabock: 3rd place Graphic Design Promotion

Shawn Outten: 3rd place Medical Office Procedures

Tommy Reichert: 3rd place Fundamental Accounting

Eddie Edwards: 4th place Financial Math and Analysis

Mindy Allen has served as secretary for the Delaware Association of Business Professionals of America for the past year and will represent Delaware at the National Leadership Conference.

Overall, Indian River High School had 22 individuals and teams place in the Top 10 of their respective events at the state leadership conference.

“The national conference will be the culmination of a school year’s worth of business workforce education and training, which members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at IRHS have received,” said BPA Chapter Advisor Bennett Murray. “We are extremely proud of every student who participated in the state leadership conference. Your hard work has made our school proud.”

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school and college students preparing for careers in business occupations. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through the application of skills learned at school.

Business Professional of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academics and technological skills.