CHESTERTON | State qualifiers of the Business Professionals of America chapter at Chesterton High School brought back a number of awards and medals from the State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis held March 10-12.
First-place award winners at state include Joe Pejril for Computer Modeling and Natalie Petro for Basic Office Systems and Procedures. Nathan Finke received a second-place award in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications and a sixth-place award in Advanced Accounting. Eric Dreischerf placed third and Christian O’Brien placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speeches.
Other state winners: Brade Wade – 6th in Human Resource Management; Anna Jones – 7th in Fundamental Accounting; Molly McCoy – 7th in Advanced Accounting; Will Levi – 6th in Computerized Accounting; Joe Hull – 6th in Payroll Accounting; Joshua Ingram – 10th in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications; Evan Zondor – 9th in Advanced Spreadsheets; Alex Hughes – 10th in Advanced Spreadsheets and 6th in Database Applications; Taryn Trusty – 10th in Integrated Office Applications; Kayla Malackowski – 6th in Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing; Jesse Mudd – 7th in Basic Office Systems; David Gutierrez – 9th in Computer Security; and Kevin Fekete 6th in Computer Security.
In addition to the individual student awards, Chesterton High School was named “Largest BPA Chapter in Indiana” for having 88 members in this nationally recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Anna Jones was honored for her initiatives to donate used towels and blankets to the Porter County Animal Shelter and to encourage CHS students to sign a pledge to “Not Text and Drive.” Both of those ideas came about as Anna worked on her BPA Torch resume listing her accomplishments in areas outside of class in volunteer service.
Senior Eric Dreischerf served as vice president of public relations on the State Officer Leadership Team this year and earned a Statesman Torch Award for his efforts and accomplishments while a BPA member. Sophomore Christopher Krause has been elected to serve on the State Officer Leadership Team next year as the BPA District 1 president.