Batavia BPA officers

Front (left to right): Ashlee Norman, Morgan Cravens and Rincie Demmings. Back (left to right): Ryan Edmisten, Hannah Wiederhold, Alanna Mansour, Brooke Hamilton, and Brandon Sauter. Not Pictured: Julia Wolfe.



Officers for the Great Oaks/Batavia High School chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) have been selected for the 2020-2021 school year. They include Morgan Cravens – President, Rincie Demmings – Vice President, Alanna Mansour – Secretary, Ryan Edmisten – Treasurer, Hannah Wiederhold – Historian, and Ashlee Norman – Parliamentarian. In addition, Julia Wolfe is the sophomore class representatives and Brooke Hamilton and Brandon Sauter are student business advisory council representatives.  

The officers are organizing the school’s Seat Belts Save Lives campaign and are arranging other community service events with Empower Youth and the Tri-State Warbird Museum. They are also hoping this is the year they will reach the $100,000 donation mark to Ohio Special Olympics by participating in the 2021 Polar Plunge for the 11th year – whether it’s in-person or virtual. “I think we can do it this year”, said president Morgan Cravens. “We have a great group and already have some community leaders committed to our team.”

Another top priority is planning fundraisers to finance BPA workplace skills competitive events.  The students are trying to raise the estimated $15,000 they will need to compete at the regional, state and national level.  Small business management, global marketing, speech, business law, and personal finance are just a few of the events they will compete in this year.

The chapter’s largest endeavor this year is their “100 Club” campaign.  The idea is to find 100 businesses or individuals to donate $100 in 100 days. All 78-chapter members will participate in the campaign.  The money raised during the campaign will help take the financial burden of competition off the students and their families.

Batavia BPA chapter advisor Angie Kovacs said, “Raising the amount of money need for a large chapter can be overwhelming but the end result is worth it. There is a ripple effect when students are able to participate in competitions at the regional, state, and national level. They develop technical skills, soft skills, and sense of commitment through BPA; which positively impacts the local workforce and community. They start making a significant impact before they leave high school.”

Business Professionals of America is the leading student organization for members pursuing careers in business, information technology and other related careers. Batavia BPA members are in the Great Oaks Legal Management satellite program at Batavia High School.