Eight members of the Lyons Township High School Business Professionals of America recently competed in the annual National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference contests and performed in a variety of categories, including administrative support team, advanced word processing, banking and finance, fundamental word processing, computer network tech and database applications.
Four Business Professionals of America members are repeat competitors having participated in contests last year at nationals in Orlando. The administrative support team of Dani Gresge, Ami Launspach and Kaye Stoettner, improved their ranking from 12th place last year to second place this year with the help of new teammate Sheila Dunne. Ben Miller tried his hand in a different contest this year in computer network tech.
The students are led and coached by global studies teachers Julie Bryar-Smith and Krista Wilcox.
The National Business Professionals of America results for 2014 by category includes:
• administrative support team (2 out of 32): juniors Dani Gresge, Ami Launspach, Kaye Stoettner,and Sheila Dunne
• advanced word processing: (36 out of 52): senior Shannon Flynn
• banking and finance (12 out of 66): junior Dani Gresge
• fundamental word processing (27 out of 66): senior Kyle Charlier
• computer network tech (19 out of 57): senior Ben Miller
• database applications (18 out of 60): junior Ami Launspach; and (29 out of 60) junior Kelly Roemer.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office administration. The organization’s activities and program complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.