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Clarkston BPA Students Advance to State Competition

Clarkston BPA Students Advance to State Competition

Twenty-four Clarkston High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) members competed at the Michigan BPA Region 7 Conference in Flint on December 18, 2019. They competed in a variety of events ranging from Java and C++ programming, to computer networking, to accounting and finance, to interview skills.

Overall, Clarkston students placed in the top six in 23 different events! The following students qualified to move on to the BPA State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids on March 19-22, 2020: Christian Bartley, Richard Budny, Martin Cordoba, Nathan Dimmer, Meghan Finnerty, Lindsey Fredrick, Ben Garvin, Jack Gibbs, Ethan Hackstock, Evan Hackstock, Regan Hakala, Cameron Hempton, Phoebe Savoie, Nathan Sesti, Brenden Willis, and Jacob Zelinski.

Jacob Zelinski, CHS Junior, and first-year BPA member qualified for States in four events, and got two first places, in both Entrepreneurship, and in Administrative Support concepts. "It may have taken a lot of work but I think it was well worth it and I'm thankful for all those who gave me feedback."

A new record was also set this year, with junior Nathan Dimmer qualifying for States in 7 different events, an all-time high for Clarkston, and the highest in the region.

Business Professionals of America started in 1966. BPA has more than 45,000 members (middle school through college levels) in over 1,800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico. Over the past 50 years, BPA has provided its members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service, and personal development.

"This is the best that Clarkston BPA has ever done at regionals, taking home a total of 36 medals, and I'm proud of all the hard work and dedication that our team puts into their events," said Dimmer, CHS BPA President. "I'm excited about our team's bright prospects at States."

Front Row: Jacob Zelinski, Reagan Hakala, Phoebe Savoie, Meghan Finnerty, Evan Hackstock, Brenden Willis, Nathan Dimmer
Middle Row: Ben Garvin, Richard Budny, Lindsey Fredrick, Christian Bartley, Cameron Hempton
Back Row: Ethan Hackstock, Jack Gibbs, Nathan Sesti

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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