According the Business Professionals of America (BPA) club sponsor Beth Moody, 2012 may be the last year Northview High School students will compete in district, state and national BPA competitions.
"Money is an issue," Moody said. "Raising the funds is getting more and more difficult, and as of the end of this year, I will no longer be the BPA sponsor, and no one else in the department has volunteered yet."
Moody added the club has attempted to raise funds by offering community computer courses and selling candy and Yankee Candles, but recently, the projects haven't been as prosperous as in the past.
"Here at Northview, you have to earn the money before you incur the expense, so I can't sign the kids up for competitions and then earn the money afterwards," Moody explained. "We have to have all the money prior to the trip. Our yearly budget is $6,000, and with state being $3,200, registration (for nationals) being $115 and hotels for nationals being $600 per room, we just don't have the money."
Despite having to work around financial and schedule conflicts, NHS students performed well at the district BPA competition, which took place at Clay City High School (CCHS), with 12 NHS competitors receiving first place, six with second-place, three with third, four with fourth and one fifth-place spot.
"All except two students qualified to advance to state," Moody said, "the top five in the computer content categories advance, as well as the top three in judged events and top two in teams."
The following is a list of Northview students who participated and their rankings in their categories the students qualified to advance in:
* Visual Basic Programming: Logan Dudley, Minh Tong, Stephen Snow, Mitchell Noel, first-through-fourth-place, respectively,
* C++ Programming: Tyler Miller and Stephen Snow, first and second-place, respectively,
* Advanced Word Processing: Dustin Stevenson and Caleena Meyers, second and fourth-place, respectively,
* Fundamental Spreadsheets: Kyle Rice, Rebecca Rudisell and Minh Tong -- first, third and fouth-place, respectively,
* Morgan Holt: Prepared Speech -- third-place,
* Kyley Clark: Advanced Interview Skills -- first-place,
* Tyler Funk,Conrad Koehler and Dustin Stevenson: Small Business Management Team -- first-place,
* Tyler Funk: Interview Skills -- first-place,
* Conrad Koehler: Interview Skills -- second-place,
* Kyle Rice: Graphic Design Promotion -- first-place,
* Logan Dudley, Cam Burdett and Downing: Broadcast News Production -- first-place,
* Justin Buckingham: Database Applications and Fundamental Word Processing -- first-place,
* Dustin Stevenson: Banking and Finance -- second-place,
* Samantha Montague: Payroll Accounting -- first-place,
* Paige Stevenson: Fundamental Accounting -- first-place,
* Caleena Myers: Medical Office Procedures -- second-place, and
* Kyle Rice: Business Meeting Management -- third-place.
Both NHS and Clay City High School BPA members will compete at the state competition March 18-20, at the downtown Marriot in Indianapolis.
Those who qualify at the state competition will advance to nationals, which is taking place in Chicago this year, April 25-29.