Students from Grangeville, Clearwater Valley and Salmon River high schools will all head to Boise this weekend, March 7-9, for the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition.

Grangeville High School

GRANGEVILLE -- On Jan. 18, 13 GHS students competed in the BPA Regional Conference in Lewiston for districts 1 and 2 at Lewis-Clark State College. Members are Abby Asker, Caleb Barger, Krista Cerecero, Holland Forsmann (president), Cameran Green, Colby Kennedy, Iseyda Lacombe, Kirsten Olson, Hunter Schoo, Madison Suhr, Jolie Tosten, Danielle Uhlenkott (vice president) and Brandon Vetter.

Nine students scored high enough in their event to advance on to the state level competition: Asker scored second in personal finance management concepts; Barger scored first in computer network technology, second in computer security, and third in computer programming concepts; Kennedy scored first in business law and ethics; Lacombe scored second in business law and ethics and second in basic office systems and procedures; Suhr scored third in personal financial concepts; Cerecero scored second in integrated office applications and third in advanced office systems and procedures; Forsmann scored third in banking and finance; Green scored third in basic office systems and procedures; and Schoo scored second place in computer network technology. This is the largest number of Grangeville students who have ever qualified for the state competition.

Teacher Bruce Wassmuth is the advisor.

Salmon River High School

RIGGINS – Those qualifying for state include Amelia Chapman in fundamental word processing (third place) and interview skills (second place); Sofie Branstettter in intermediate word processing (third place); and in administrative support team (second place) Branstetter, Lotus Harper, Jordyn Pottenger and Emily Diaz

Others competing and placing at regionals include Avery Jones (fourth) and Alethea Chapman (seventh) in fundamentals of word processing; J. Pottenger (fifth) and Lotus Harper (sixth) in medical office procedures; Trysta Ledgerwood (12th) and Alexia Pottenger (13th) in graphic design promotion; Diaz (ninth) in interview skills; and in small business management team, Avery Jones and Alethea Chapman (seventh).

Teacher Brandon Ratcliff is the advisor.

Clearwater Valley High School

KOOSKIA – CV had 8 of its 11 BPA students qualify for the state competition.

“Their success represents a continual trend of of state qualifiers by two each year since 2006,” said teacher and advisor Vinnie Martinez. “This year we also had a regional champion in prepared speech -- Dakota Gorges.”

Additional students competing and how they fared are as listed: In financial math and analysis concepts, Mikayla Bean, (fourth) and Ty Dominguez (eighth); prepared speech - regional champion (first) and business meeting management (fourth), Dakota Gorges; digital communications and design concepts, Mikaela Herrick (ninth) and Emma Knapton (fourth); business meeting management, Knapton, (10th); information technologies, Johnny Loughran (third); digital marketing concepts, Alicia Reuben (fourth); and business meeting management (third) and management, marketing and human resource concepts (seventh), Martha Smith.

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