Morgan Cravens earns Youth Leadership Award

Morgan CravensBatavia High School graduate Morgan Cravens will be honored for her leadership by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation with the Up ‘N Over Award.  The award will be presented during the 2021 Salute to Leaders event on July 21.

Cravens, who had been a student in the Great Oaks/Batavia Business Management program, was president of the school’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter and National Technical Honor Society chapter. She also serves as an Ohio BPA Region 13 representative. Morgan has represented Batavia at several Ohio Leadership Conferences and competed at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in 2019.  Morgan placed third at state competition in Advanced Office Systems in 2020 and qualified for national competition once again, giving full effort even knowing that the leadership conference in Washington, DC had already been cancelled. This year she was the regional champion in both the Advanced Office and Advanced Interview events, qualifying for virtual state competition in 2021.

She volunteers with the Tri-State Warbird Museum, the YMCA, Empower Youth and several other organizations. In 2020, Morgan earned her national Ambassador Torch Award from BPA and the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Medal for her personal commitment to school and community service.

“Morgan’s effective leadership skills have helped our chapter raise over $90,000 for Special Olympics and other charities,” said instructor and BPA advisor Angie Kovacs.  “She has continually encouraged her peers to participate in the BPA Cares program, resulting in our chapter earning nine BPA Cares National Community Service Awards. Under her guidance, our BPA chapter earned the prestigious Ohio Professional Cup for the 2020-2021 school year.”

Cravens excels academically in honors level courses and is at the top of her class. She is a captain of the cross country and track teams, where she has helped several underclassmen with technical skills and support. At graduation, she received a Career-Technical Honors Diploma and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. “Her effective time management skills allowed her to balance her academic career, extracurricular activities, a part-time job, and an unpaid internship,” said Kovacs.

Morgan Cravens continues a tradition of leaders from the Great Oaks/Batavia Business Management program.  Other Up ‘N Over Youth Leadership Award winners from the program include Dylan Young (2017), Will Scheffter (2018), and Chloe Daley (2019).

The Business Management program is offered by Great Oaks Career Campuses in partnership with Batavia High School.