IRHS students participate in BPA State Leadership Conference

More than two dozen students from Indian River High School’s chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) competed at the State Leadership Conference held at the Dover Downs Conference Center on Feb. 26.

The 29 IRHS students vied with students statewide in events that included Video Production, Advanced Accounting, Payroll Accounting, Business Law & Ethics, and Extemporaneous Speech, among others. The stakes were high, with only the top few advancing to the BPA National Leadership Conference, scheduled for May 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif.

In all, 10 Indian River High School students brought home trophies in eight separate team and individual events. Each earned a place on the State of Delaware delegation to the BPA National Leadership Conference. Those students were:

• First place, Video Production Team — Josue Lopez, Jabes Lopez, Kayla Harant and Dane Shuart;

• First place, Extemporaneous Speech — Gavin Clattenburg

• First place, Legal Office Procedures — Brooke Weaver

• Second place, Legal Office Procedures — Morgan Bomhardt

• Second place, Medical Office Procedures — Kate Timmons

• Fourth place, Advanced Accounting — Sarah Roehl

• Fourth place, Business Law & Ethics — Morgan Bomhardt

• Fifth place, Payroll Accounting — Sarah Roehl

Additionally, seven students from IRHS were recognized for their service to the community through BPA’s prestigious Torch Awards program.

The Torch Awards program is designed to provide structure and guidance to BPA members as they develop their leadership and networking skills through service to their chapter and the community at large. Students completed activities in the seven Torch categories: Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Patriotism; and Love, Hope, Faith.

Students earning recognition in the Torch Awards program were:

• Diplomat Level — Alexa Fitz, Kate Timmons and Colby Willey.

• Statesman Level — Isaac Chandler, Misty Hickman, Luke Morgan and Brooke Weaver.

When not competing, IRHS students were able to forge new friendships and established new networks while developing their leadership and business skills. Students attended a variety of workshops and seminars, including Dress for Success, Behind the Scenes Tour (of Dover Downs), Introduction to AI & Machine Learning, The Power of Perception, and Foundations of Investing.

Cyber experts from J.P. Morgan Chase educated students in safe and secure online behaviors during the Cyberkidz workshop. Students created personal messages for pediatric patients at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital/Nemours Cardiology during the Hearts for Nemours Cardiology workshop.

Chapter officers Luke Morgan, Brooke Weaver and Morgan Bomhardt also cast votes for the 2019-2020 BPA State Officer Leadership Team.

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