The Northview High School Business Professionals of America will have all but two students advancing to state competition, but they're not stopping there.
"When we compete at state, we hope to have several students qualify for nationals," Northview BPA sponsor Beth Moody said.
At district in the events that are based on testing, the top 5 students advance. In judged events, only the top 3 students advance. In team events, only the top 2 teams advance. Northview students competed against students from North Putnam, Cloverdale, White River Valley, Bloomfield, Shakamak, Linton-Stockton, Clay City, Terre Haute North, Parke-Vermillion Education and Training Center, and North Vermillion.
Northview had students compete in financial services, administrative support, information technology, and management/marketing/human resources areas.
Districts took place at North Vermillion High School and Northview senior Allison Stearley presided over the competition.
"Allison was elected at district last year and has been serving as our District 7 President this school year," Moody said.
Some of Stearley's duties include attending a week of training during the summer, and being on stage to present at the fall leadership conference, working at the Business and Marketing Teacher's Conference, and being on stage at the state conference. At district, her duties included awarding torch awards to district winners and helping with the plaque presentations to the winners.
"On their own time students are learning Office 2007 to prepare for state," Moody said. "We don't have the current software at our school so the students are looking for friends with home computers where they can practice. Other students are improving their speeches and are practicing by giving their presentations to others."
On March 8-10 students will be going to the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus to complete all computer events.
To qualify for nationals, students must place in the top 5 in testing, or top 3 in judged events, or be one of the top 2 teams in the state.
"Northview has always had someone qualify for nationals and we don't want to break tradition," Moody said. "The first Northview student to qualify was Mary Tieken Brown, who still uses her business skills today."
To help pay for the students going to state and possibly nationals the BPA will have a Chili Dinner before the Homecoming game Feb. 12 at Northview. Three different types of chili prepared by three different staff personnel will be served. Tim Rayle, Bob Medworth and Charles Jackson will be serving their own recipes.
"The cost of the dinner is $5 and includes chili (with refills), veggies with dip, crackers, dessert, and drink," Moody said. "Serving will be from 4:30-6:15p.m. Stop by and get some to go if you can't come for the game and homecoming festivities."
What: A chili dinner to help support the Northview High School Business Professionals of America
When: Feb. 12, 2009
Where: Northview High School
Time: 4:30-6:15 p.m.