Competing student's results are in after Clay City High School (CCHS) hosted its first Business Professionals of America District Leadership Conference in January.
"The experience is really worthwhile," senior Jake Tiefel said. "In the event I was in, you have a business, and you have to get it started by creating financial plans ..."
CCHS BPA President Koby Rhodes said he will use the skills he's developed in BPA to further his future.
"Being a part of this has helped me network and given me a better understanding of computers," the future Indiana State University Computer Science major told The Brazil Times.
Other schools taking part were Bloomfield High School, North Vermillion High School, Parke-Vermillion High School, Shakamak High School, Terre Haute North Vigo High School, White River Valley High School and Northview High Schools.
All but two participating CCHS students qualified to advance to the state competition.
Results for Clay City are as follows:
* Advanced Spreadsheets -- Koby Rhodes: first-place,
* Financial Math and Analysis -- Kole Smith: first-place, Nathan Buell: second-place, and Koby Rhodes: third-place,
* Advanced Word Processing -- Kelsie Fischer: fifth-place, Darcie Jo Fritz: seventh place,
* Global Marketing Teams -- Nathan Buell, Josh Miller, Phillip Schopmeyer and Trevor Smith: first-place,
* Entrepreneurship -- Miller: first-place,
* Small Business Management Team -- Ben Denker, Rhodes, Kole Smith, Jake Tiefel: second-place,
* Extemporaneous Speech -- Kole Smith: first-place, Denker: third-place,
* Human Resource Management -- Bahney: first-place,
* Presentation Management Team -- Bahney, Haleigh Cannon, Fisher and Darcie Fritz: second-place,
*Management/Marke-ting/Human Resources -- Bahney: first-place,
* Parliamentary Procedure Concepts -- Bahney: first-place,
* Business Meeting Management -- Bahney: first-place, Fischer and Miller tied for third-place, and
* Fundamental Spreadsheets -- Parker Ames: seventh-place and Samuel Beyers: eighth-place.
Rhodes, Fischer, Kole Smith, Denker, Bahney, Cannon, Fritz, Tiefel, Trevor Smith, Schopmeyer, Miller and Buell will compete at the state level this weekend in Indianapolis.
CCHS BPA Club sponsor Elissa Downey said CCHS's BPA program is still going strong.
"We're pretty close to making sure no one pays," Downey said. "Our principal is willing to work with us on whatever we need to do."