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Members of the WHS BPA club advance to nationals

Members of the WHS Business Professionals of America pose with their awards at the State Spring Leadership Conference in Minneapolis on March 8. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Seven students of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) team at Worthington High School (WHS) competed March 6-8 at the BPA State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis. Five of them qualified to attend the national event April 30-May 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Ashley Jansma, a senior, placed eighth in banking and finance. She advanced to nationals because of opt-outs from other students.

“This is my first year in BPA and I made it to nationals,” Jansma said. “I was pretty shocked.”

Jansma, along with Brianna Mulley, was also a recipient of the Statesman Torch Award, given to students who complete activities in seven ‘Torch’ categories — Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism. Each activity is worth a certain amount of points. When a student achieves points in each category, his or her advisor can submit the student’s resume online to be reviewed for recognition.

Sophomore Christopher Mayorga placed third in digital media production at state and is also advancing to nationals in the spring.

“I went to nationals last year, too, and so I’m excited to go back and hopefully do better,” Mayorga said.

Alicia Khatt, a senior, will also be attending nationals for the second time.

“I first went when I was a freshman for graphic design and that’s where I have the most experience, but this year I tried digital media production,” Khatt said. “This is my first year doing that category and I made it to nationals. I was really surprised, but I think it’ll be great to end my senior year strong.”

Senior Mariah Slocum placed first in legal office procedures and second in management marketing human resource concepts during the state event. She will not be attending the national competition due to a scheduling conflict.

The BPA club will be fundraising for the trip to Indianapolis by selling spirit wear, participating in a Cold Stone Creamery fundraiser and looking for local businesses to sponsor a student.

“The cost is roughly $1,000 per student and we don’t get a lot of extra time outside of the competition, so the money will be completely going towards getting the kids to nationals,” said Penny Troe, BPA advisor and business education teacher at WHS.

Here are the results from the BPA State Spring Leadership Conference:

Alex Tang — second Medical Office Procedures, 16th Project Management Concepts, ninth Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, 12th Management Marketing Human Resource Concepts, ninth Information Technology Concepts, 20th Insurance Concepts; Alicia Khatt — first Digital Media Production, sixth Graphic Design Promotion; Andrea Duarte — sixth Interview Skills; Ashley Jansma — eighth Business Meeting Management Concepts, 17th Project Management Concepts, recipient of Statesman Torch Award; Brianna Mullaney — Recipient of the Statesman Torch Award; Chittika Ektanitphong — fourth place Administrative Support Team with Alex Tang, Mariah Slocum and Sooksavan Inthirath; Christopher Mayorga — third Digital Media Production, 18th Prepared Speech; Mariah Slocum — first Legal Office Procedures, second Management Marketing Human Resource Concepts, fourth Administrative Support Team, seventh Business Meeting Management Concepts, seventh Administrative Support Concepts, 16th Parliamentary Procedure Concepts; Sooksavan Inthirath — fourth Administrative Support Team; Thipphapone Keovilay — 12th Prepared Speech.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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