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Nine TKHS BPA Students Advance to State

In all, 16 TKHS students participated in the regional contest earning the following results:

Justin Scholten -  first in entrepreneurship; first in human resources management

Gabby Encinas: first in extemporaneous speech

Turner Halle: first in interview skills; second in extemporaneous speech

Chaz Knorr: first in legal office procedures; sixth in extemporaneous speech

Hayley Bashore: second in interview skills; third in business spelling

Olivia Gaudreau: third in medical office procedures; fourth in legal office procedures

Cass Kramer: fourth in fundamentals of website design

Sam Ogrodzinski: fourth in presentation management individual

Matt Pavlik: fourth in human resources management; sixth in advanced interview skills

Carleigh Lenard: sixth in interview skills

Other TK students competing this year were Annabelle Byers, Sam Dickman, Bennett Halle, Dawson Hamming, Daniel Hannapel, Brinkley Ward.

BPA is a career and technical student organization for students pursuing degrees in business management, office management, information technology and other related fields. 

According to the Michigan BPA website, there are more than 50,000 members in more than 2,700 chapters in 25 states. 

BPA was formed nationally in 1966 under the original name of the Office Education Association. Michigan became a charter state association in 1972. The original name for the Michigan Association was Business and Office Education Clubs, changing their name in 1988 along with the national change to BPA.

Michigan is divided into 10 regions with about 4,600 members and 170 local chapters.

The state conference in Grand Rapids in March will be the 45th annual event.