by Angie Kovacs

Batavia High School students once again received national recognition for their commitment to community service.  Nineteen Batavia/Great Oaks Business Professionals of America (BPA) students attended the 2019 National Conference and Competition in Anaheim, California April 30th through May 5th.  The students received several honors, trained and served as interns, and networked with peers.

The Batavia High School chapter received the Quality Chapter Distinction as one of BPA’s most involved and active chapters.  At the Honor Awards session, the chapter accepted the Special Olympics Award for their commitment to supporting Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes.  The chapter also received the Community Service Award, Marketing and Public Relations Award, and the Chapter of Excellence.

The chapter brought home 24 national Ambassador Awards for individual commitments to community service.

For the third year, Batavia students received the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  Seniors Chloe Daley, Gaby Hattar, and Asia Norman received the gold level and Bryce Zenni received the bronze level.

Five members competed in business simulation events against students from across the nation.  Seniors Gaby Hattar and Asia Norman competed in Legal Procedures. Senior, Seth Haas and junior, Bryan Sauter competed in Banking and Finance.  Finally, sophomore Morgan Cravens competed in Basic Office Systems.

Their advisor, Angie Kovacs, accompanied the students.

BPA is a national organization for high school students that include activities and programs that complement classroom instruction by giving practical experience and the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom.  All BPA members are enrolled in the Legal Management Batavia High School satellite program offered through Great Oaks Career Campuses.

Batavia BPA Chapter at national convention