Laurel Oaks students among top business students in Ohio


The Record-Herald



Three students from Laurel Oaks Career Campus proved that they’re among the best in Ohio, as they scored in the top 10 in their event at Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competition.

In addition, Zachary Sizemore of Miami Trace is headed to national BPA competition in Anaheim after earning one of the highest scores in Ohio in the SQL Database Fundamentals event. Sizemore finished in fifth place statewide in the event.

Other state top 10 finishers were Dawson Perry of East Clinton, sixth place in Fundamentals of Web Design; and Cameron Blakeman of Wilmington, eighth place in Computer Modeling.

Eight other Laurel Oaks students competed at the state level: Casey Barger of Lynchburg, Christopher Welton of East Clinton, Clayton Snavely of Hillsboro, Jeremiah Johnson of East Clinton, Owen O’Flaherty of Washington Courthouse, William Perez of Wilmington, Justin McCray of Greenfield, and Caleb Dixon of Blanchester.

The goal of the competition is to provide student members the opportunity to demonstrate workplace skills achieved in their career-technical programs. The competitive events enable students to demonstrate career-based competencies, broaden knowledge, skills, and attitudes, expand leadership and human relations skills, demonstrate a competitive spirit, receive recognition, and earn industry certification.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

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