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Debut season for Hancock BPA successful

Nineteen members of the newly formed Hancock BPA (Business Professionals of America) competed at Alexandria Technical College on Friday, Jan. 25. The Region 7 BPA competition included ten schools and over 300 students.

BPA got its start back in 1963 when there became a need for a student organization for students enrolled in career/technical office/business programs. Its foundation is in community service. The BPA motto is “We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for careers in a world-class workforce.”

In its debut season, Hancock turned out respectable numbers and places. The Hancock school board approved the addition of BPA in the spring of 2012. BPA has gained popularity with a team membership of 19.

“For a school our size, those are tremendous numbers”, said Mrs.  Amy Dougherty, the BPA advisor. “I didn’t have a background in BPA. I was a DECA competitor, but BPA has many similarities. I’m thrilled to be advising the already successful group.”

The individual results were as follows:

•Serandon Bigalke, Lexi Nohl and Sami Schmidgall second place in Financial Analyst Team -qualified for state

•Keerthi Schley- sixth place in Insurance Concepts-qualified for state

•Justin Miller- first place in C++ programming-qualified for state

•Brendan Jensen- first place in Visual Basic Programming-qualified for state

•Austin Nelson and AJ Mogler- fourth and fifth place in Computer Security-qualified for state

•Justin Miller, Taylor Holleman, Jordan Miller-second place in Broadcast News Production Team-qualified for state

•Nicole Milander- sixth place in Presentation Management

•Gabbie Nienhaus- ninth place in Keyboarding Production

•Sami Schmidgall- eighth place in Legal Office Procedures

•Seth Nelson, Austin Nelson, Jerrid Jepma- sixth place in Video Production

More photos of the participants are on page 5.