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BPA does well at Region 7 contest

Large number of students will be moving on to State competition

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 14, 2021

Members of Blue Earth Area’s Business Professionals of America chapter competed in Region competition on Wednesday, Feb. 3. They are pictured here, front row, left to right: Bailee Burns, Lilah Farrow, Allie Lopez, Alandra Eisenmenger, Danniel Gleason, Haley Kalis, Cale Borris, Rocio Ojeda. Middle row, left to right: Ethan Johnson, Gabrielle Haaland, Kamron Legred, Maribel Vargas, Amarrah Harris, Michelle Salazar, Marcos Gonzalez, Seth Stevermer, Calvin Farrow. Back row, left to right: Karissa Lopez, Sophia Keister, Cameron Hassing, Parker Meyers, Nick Barke, Noah Johnson, Joseph Bleess, Dylan Dopp.

Only in its third year of existence, the Blue Earth Area chapter of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) continues to have great success.

BEA BPA students took part in the Region 3 competition, which was held virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

One week later the results came in and it was revealed at least 15 students had qualified for the State competition, which will be a virtual event as well, running from March 4-13.

“I am extremely proud of how they performed, especially all the first year students, given the situation we have been in this school year,” BPA advisor Holly Christian said. “It has been hard to get groups together to practice when they were not all in school on the same day. It was not always easy to find times outside of the school day to practice.”

There were 11 individuals and one team who qualified for State competition. Two individuals qualified in two different categories. To qualify as an individual, a student has to place in the top five. A team has to finish first or second to reach the State competition.

Two individuals qualified in advanced accounting. Michelle Salazar finished first and Dylan Dopp was second.

Dopp had a first place finish in the advanced spreadsheet category to move on to State.

Bailee Burns in fundamental spreadsheet and Ethan Johnson in banking and finance, each placed fourth to earn State bids. Johnson also qualified in fundamental accounting with a third place finish.

Senior Joseph Bleess finished first in computer security and second in PC servicing to earn two state bids. Also qualifying in PC servicing were Calvin Farrow and Lilah Farrow, who finished third and fifth, respectively.

Cameron Hassing with a second place finish and Sophia Keister, who took third place, both qualified in health and medical insurance billing.

Haley Kalis earned a trip to state in health administration procedures with a third place finish.

The team of Gabby Haaland, Kamron Legred, Allie Lopez and Karissa Lopez took second place to qualify as a parliamentary procedure team.

There were also some other teams who finished third who could end up going to state if one of the teams finishing ahead of them is unable to participate in the state competition.

As pleased as Christian was with the students who advanced to state, she was also pleased with the performance of others who participated in the Region competition.

“I am particularly proud of the financial analysis team and podcast production team,” Christian said. “Podcast was new this year and the team placed third, only five points behind the team in second place. The financial analysis team was a group of sophomore boys, none of which has taken accounting yet, and they got third place, only three points behind the second place team. These younger members have me excited for future years and the opportunities they will have with BPA.”