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VAN WERT — Vantage Career Center recently hosted the first round of Region 16 Business Professionals of America (BPA) skills contests. Fifty students from the Vantage business programs — Interactive Media, Medical Office Management and Network Systems — competed in a variety of different contests including PC Security, VB Programming, Medical Office Procedures, Computer Modeling, Website Design, Computer Animation, Network Design, Advanced Office Systems and Procedures and Administrative Support. In all, 30 students earned the right to advance to the state competition held in Columbus in the spring.

Network Systems’ senior Robert Leonard (Parkway) took top honors in the VB Programming, while junior Zachary Parr (Parkway) placed second. A team of seniors — Alex Gorman (Van Wert), Dustin Carter (Van Wert), Harley Sturgill (Van Wert) and John Upole (Wayne Trace) — placed first in the Computer Animation competition. Junior Rex Wilson (Fort Jennings) will serve as alternate. Junior Matthew Schrader (Jefferson) placed first in Network Administration Using Microsoft contest. Junior Dmitry Billingsley (Continental) placed first in the PC Servicing and Troubleshooting contest and his classmate Matthew Searles (Van Wert) placed third. Zachary Crider, a junior from Parkway, took top honors in the Java Programming competition. A group of seniors — Daniel Brown (Paulding), Audrey Smith (Wayne Trace), Tyler Stienecker (Lincolnview) and Taylor Dixon (Van Wert) — placed first in the Parliamentary Procedures contest. Senior Gene Gillespie (Crestview) advances to state in the Financial Math and Analysis Concepts contest, while junior Omar Martin (Kalida) goes to state in the Advanced Accounting event. Senior John Upole (Wayne Trace) placed second in the individual Computer Network Technology event.

Tiffany Romero (Antwerp) a senior in the Interactive Media program placed first in the Computer Modeling competition. Junior Chelsea Gephart (Crestview) took first place in the individual Presentation Management event and a pair of seniors Emilee Nicelley (Paulding) and Hannah Robach (Continental), took top honors in their Parliamentary Procedures event.

Several Medical Office Management students took first place in their event. Senior Layna Mihm (Van Wert) was first in the Advanced Word Processing contest. Layna also serves as Treasurer for Region 16 BPA. Senior Amber Sloan (Continental) placed second in the same contest. BreAnna Stegaman (Crestview) took first place in the Fundamental Accounting event. Junior Jill Ross (Wayne Trace) placed first in the Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications contest while senior Karrisa Carder (Lincolnview) placed second. Juniors Maranda Bigham (Lincolnview), Mayleen Plescher (Delphos St. John’s) and Hannah Smith (Van Wert) placed first in the Advanced Office Systems contest, Advanced Interview Skills contest and Keyboarding event respectively. Cailah Rickard, a senior from Continental, took second place in the Advanced Office Systems competition. Junior Courtnie Laney (Wayne Trace) took second place in the Basic Office Systems contest. Courtnie also serves as the Secretary for Region 16 BPA.

Students who qualified for the state contest will compete March 13 and 14 in Columbus. Congratulations and good luck to all student competitors!


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