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Doniphan West Business Student Places 7th in Nation

Claire Cole, sophomore at Doniphan West High School ranked 7th in the nation for her performance at the National Business Professionals of American Virtual Conference.  Cole was judged on her computing skills in the Integrated Office Applications Competition.  In this competition, students are asked to integrate projects using Microsoft Office Software Programs.  Cole has also passed two Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exams for Word 2016 and PowerPoint 2016 this school year.  

Six other students competed in the national competition and showcased their skills in a number of events.  These students strongly represented the newly-organized BPA Organization at the first-ever national showing for the school.  

Emma Albers, junior, swept all of her competitions at the State Leadership conference and competed at Nationals in Interview Skills, Presentation Management and Open Class Parliamentary Procedure Skills.  Elle Williams, junior, also competed in the Integrated Office Applications event.  Junior, Broc Leatherman and senior, Kinlee Whetstine competed against one another in the Extemporaneous Speech competition.  Michael Lackey, junior, took the Personal Finance Management exam and sophomore, Kody Goff, competed in the Desktop Publishing event.  

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations.  The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school.  Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.  

The Doniphan West BPA Organization advisor is Mrs. Jodi Leatherman, 7-12th grade business and technology teacher.  This is her first year to sponsor the group at DWHS. She states, “I am very proud of all of my students.  I wish we could have made the trip to Florida for an in-person conference because BPA is so much more than just the competitions; it is a learning opportunity and a networking event that would really benefit our students.  Despite the change, the kids competed well and to have a student rank within the top 10 in the nation is a HUGE accomplishment.”

If you are interested in sponsoring a BPA student, please contact Mrs. Leatherman at jleatherman@usd111.org.