Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Great Oaks and Amelia High School’s Financial Services Program and Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter has had many successes and participated in a variety of service projects and fundraisers.
In September, new members were inducted into the chapter along with the chapter’s new officer team. Shortly after, Dylan Guth, Lucy Wesley, and Lauren Alvarado were chosen after an interview and questionnaire process to become candidates for the Ohio BPA State Officer Team. During the BPA Fall Leadership Conference, students supported the three candidate’s campaign, as well as participated in a variety of professional development workshops focusing on teamwork, problem solving, professionalism, and interview skills. At the end of the conference Dylan Guth was elected as the Ohio Business Professionals of America State Treasurer, “I couldn’t believe it when they called my name as treasurer that day. I remember feeling that it wasn’t just me that won, but my whole chapter and everyone who supported me,” explained Guth. Senior Kristina Hodges’ submitted t-shirt design was chosen by the new state officers to be the official t-shirt design for the Ohio State Leadership Conference in March.
During class, the BPA chapter has been working hard to prepare for regional competitions in January. Classes have been preparing research papers, learning the ins and outs of basic Microsoft Office applications, gaining experience with accounting principles and payroll, along with a knowledge of other business topics such as entrepreneurship, and marketing, banking and personal finance. The Great Oaks/Amelia High School Business Management–Financial Services Program and BPA chapter had 36 students attend the State Leadership Conference in March to continue to test their knowledge in a range of business topics and skill events ranging from software applications, business presentations, finance, and graphic design. In addition, four were chosen as scholarship finalists. In the end, Amelia High School was a success. At the awards session, Dylan Guth, Caitlyn Keith, and Kristina Hodges earned $1,000 scholarships and students received awards for their individual and team competitions. The following students placed in state competitions, and a total of 20 students from state competitions, leadership, virtual events and stock market game qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference in May in Orlando Florida.
Chapter Awarded—Top Service Hours chapter for Special Olympics, Award of Excellence for involvement
Dylan Guth—State Association Treasurer, Earned SLC $1,000 Scholarship, Top 10 Payroll
Caitlyn Keith—Earned SLC $1,000 Scholarship, 1st Place Integrated Office Applications
Kristina Hodges—Earned SLC $1,000 Scholarship, 3rd Place Graphic Design & Promotion
Siara Richardson—3rd Place Advanced Interview
Sean Kamphaus—2nd Place Payroll
Erin Reardon—5th Place Interview
Fallon Terry—5th Place Advanced Word
Heather Faulkner—1st Place Advanced Office Systems
Hailey Davis—6th Place Advanced Office Systems
Brant Poehner—1st Place Advanced Accounting
Bryan Fleischman—3rd Place Extemporaneous Speech
Jacob Linneman—4th Place Personal Financial Management
Caitlyn Servitto—2nd Place Presentation Management Team**
Kasey Broughton—2nd Place Presentation Management Team**
Brady Barnhill, Alexy Danislavs, Paige Dixon, Byron Armacost—Top 10 Small Business Mgmt.
Kelsey Bose, Madison Daniel—8th Place Financial Analyst Team
Kaitlyn Howard, Maddie Bingamon, Trinity Meadeows—10th Place Administrative Team
Keianna Coulter—1st Place Human Resource Management Presentation
Emily LaGana—8th Place Prepared Speech
The BPA chapter has also taken time to give back and participate in various service projects and fundraisers for the community. In late September, they went to the Special Olympics fishing day at Winton Woods to to spend time with the athletes and help them fish. The chapter worked along with their school to raise money for veterans in the community and later raise money and necessities for the elderly in the area through Clermont County Senior Services. Before the end of the year, Amelia BPA plans to participate in a few more projects such as Special Olympics Ski day at Perfect North Slopes raising awareness of the National Organization of Youth Safety (NOYS) at the State Leadership Conference in March. Senior Hailey Davis who is interning with the organization will be working with conference attendees to increase the awareness of teen safety in all areas including social media, driving, and drug/alcohol abuse. The chapter donated money from our Valentine’s Day sale to the Clermont County Special Olympics.
An easy way to support the Amelia High School BPA chapter is by signing up for a Kroger card (83528 club #) and by having dinner on April 10 at the Amelia Chipotle from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Amelia BPA appreciates all the support from the community and plans to continue its success in upcoming regional, state, and national competition.