Five NTC Claremore students advance to national competition

Five NTC Claremore students advance to national competition
Posted on 03/27/2017
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The week before Spring Break, five students from Northeast Technology Center’s Claremore Campus attended the Business Professionals of America State Competition in Tulsa, and all five of those students are advancing to the national competition.

“I felt a huge sense of accomplishment for myself and my BPA chapter. I was excited to be on stage representing NTC Claremore at state competition and now nationals,” said Autumn Patton of Claremore.

Business Professionals of America (BPA) is one of the Career and Technical Student Organizations available to students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. With more than 45,000 members across the nation, BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

Under the advisement of instructor Brook Easton, the five students from NTC Claremore competed in two different competition categories, each of which had its own unique requirements.  

“Preparing for this competition takes months, and life doesn’t stop so they can focus solely on their projects,” said NTC Instructor Brook Easton. “It’s a good dose of reality for the students wanting to pursue careers in this field, and I am so proud their hard work paid off with first place finishes.”  

Joining Patton in advancing to the BPA National Competition are four of her classmates who competed as a team in the Website Design competition. Leonardo Mussato of Milan, Italy, Markus McClurg of Claremore, Jack Smith of Claremore, and Steven Bunten of Tulsa, placed first in their competition category.

“I had to learn web programming from scratch, learning PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript,” said Leonardo Mussato. “Then there was learning to collaborate with my teammates to design the site to professional standards.”

All five NTC Claremore students will travel to Orlando, Florida, on May 10-14 to compete in the BPA National Competition.

“Currently we are working on improving the accessibility of the website for nationals,” said Jack Smith.

As was true of the state competition, BPA Nationals will also offer participants plenty of opportunities for learning via workshops, networking and one-of-a-kind lecture sessions from industry experts. At the BPA State Competition, for example, students were able to meet the woman behind the voice of Siri. The BPA National Competition will offer many similar professional development opportunities for students, as well as plenty of fun activities to celebrate their accomplishment.

“I really looking forward to meeting new people around the country,” Patton said. “I am preparing every day to give the best speech possible to represent my district and state at nationals.”

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