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Clarkston BPA Students Earn Top Honors at Nationals

Clarkston BPA Students Earn Top Honors at Nationals

Three Clarkston High School students competed May 1-5 at the 2019 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) in sunny Anaheim, CA. Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer, and David Moss combined to take home a whopping seven Top 10 placements in competitions against over 4,000 of the nation's best students, representing 19 states.

Qualifying for the NLC requires students to place among the top five in their state for at least one competitive event.

David Moss, CHS senior, placed second in Financial Math & Analysis Concepts.

Richard Budny placed fourth in Computer Programming Concepts, and 6th in Java Programming. "BPA Nationals was very exciting. The events were interesting, and the overall presentation was enjoyable," said Budny, CHS junior. "Plus, it was in California, which was pretty cool."

Nathan Dimmer, CHS sophomore, medaled in four events: second place in Information Technology Concepts; third place in Administrative Support Concepts; sixth place in Computer Network Technology; and eighth place in Digital Communications and Design Concepts.

"I'm really happy with how our team did this year," said Dimmer, BPA President. "We all achieved new personal bests."

In addition, Nathan Dimmer and David Moss were each awarded the BPA Ambassador Torch Award, the highest honor that BPA members can achieve for their professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth. They completed activities in seven categories: Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism. Dimmer also earned the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for his more than 300 hours of volunteer service at CHS and in the Clarkston community. The PVSA is a national program which recognizes individuals who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.

Outside of the competitive events, CHS students also earned technical professional certifications. Richard Budny and Nathan Dimmer both earned Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) certifications for their demonstrated skills in software development and IT infrastructure. Budny was certified in Introduction to Programming using HTML and CSS, and Dimmer in Introduction to Programming using JavaScript.

The conference wasn't all work and no play, however. The students and their CHS BPA advisor, Kevin Smith, also had a bit of free time to explore some of the tourist sights of southern California, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Beverly Hills to Huntington Beach.

"This was a very successful trip," said Smith. "Besides all of the medals they won, competing at BPA nationals gave our students a chance to acquire practical skills and to prepare for the professional world while also experiencing a bit of life away from home."

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 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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