Congratulations are in order for 58 members of the Lyons Township High School Business Professionals of America (BPA). Students recently competed in Regional contests and 42 qualified to compete at the State level. LT students performed extremely well in a variety of categories, including Banking & Finance, Keyboarding Production, Medical Office Procedures, and Database Applications to name just a few.
Winning BPA students qualified for state competition in multiple categories: 24 students will advance in individual events, another five students will advance in two individual events, five students will advance in one individual event and one team event, and 13 students will advance in a team event. LT earned 10 first place finishes, 12 second place finishes and six third place finishes.
The BPA state competitions will be held in February. The students are led and coached by business teachers Kimberly Gerken and Jennifer Steele.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office administration. The organization’s activities and program complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of skills learned at school. BPA contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
Congratulations to the following students:Name Place Contest Name Year in School Hometown Suzie Rychlik 3 Fundamental Accounting Senior LaGrange 2 Econ Res Project-Team Alyssa Rediehs 2 Econ Res Project-Team Senior Western Springs 4 Fundamental Accounting Katherine Kizyma 3 Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications Sophomore Western Springs Kyle Charlier 4 Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications Junior LaGrange 1 Keyboarding Production Kat Egan 5 Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications Senior Western Springs Larry Pettrone 2 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications Sophomore LaGrange 2 Advanced Office Systems & Procedures Tyler Graf 1 Banking & Finance Senior Countryside 2 Small Business Management Team Jack Slezak 4 Banking & Finance Junior Western Springs Jack Brogan 5 Banking & Finance Junior LaGrange Phoebe Strell 2 Keyboarding Production Junior Countryside Victory Lampert 3 Keyboarding Production Sophomore LaGrange Park Bridget Flynn 4 Keyboarding Production Freshman LaGrange Park Pat Egan 2 Fundamental Word Processing Freshman Western Springs Erin Sullivan 5 Fundamental Word Processing Junior Western Springs 1 Video Production Team Shannon Flynn 5 Desktop Publishing Junior LaGrange Park 1 Administrative Support Team Tom D. Cushing 2 Basic Office Systems & Procedures Senior Western Springs Thomas Haberkorn 4 Basic Office Systems & Procedures Junior LaGrange Samantha Lenz 1 Advanced Office Systems & Procedures Senior Brookfield Katherine Dine 2 Legal Office Procedures Senior Western Springs Linda Hucko 3 Legal Office Procedures Junior Western Springs Phoebe Strell 3 Medical Office Procedures Junior Countryside Marko Kostich 4 Medical Office Procedures Junior Burr Ridge Elizabeth Skolba 1 Database Applications Sophomore Western Springs Sam Perez-Tamayo 2 Database Applications Junior LaGrange Andrea Pardo 3 Database Applications Junior LaGrange Max Larsen 4 Database Applications Junior Western Springs 1 Administrative Support Team Nick Pipal 5 Database Applications Junior Countryside Maxwell Florek 1 Administrative Support Team Junior Western Springs Abby Wiiken 1 Administrative Support Team Junior LaGrange Dani Gresge 2 Administrative Support Team Sophomore Western Springs Amy Launspach 2 Administrative Support Team Sophomore Western Springs Kathryn Stoettner 2 Administrative Support Team Sophomore Western Springs Alejandro Pantoja 1 Computer Network Technology Senior LaGrange Park 2 Computer Security Ryan Speir 2 Computer Network Technology Senior Burr Ridge 1 Computer Security Paige Marogil 1 Digital Media Production Junior LaGrange Nati Berenguer 1 Video Production Team Junior LaGrange Leda Rosenthal 1 Video Production Team Junior LaGrange Justin Hinshaw 2 Small Business Management Team Senior Indian Head Park Kathleen Lynch 2 Small Business Management Team Senior LaGrange Jeanne Caplice 1 Parliamentary Procedure Team Sophomore Western Springs Elizabeth Deneen 1 Parliamentary Procedure Team Sophomore Western Springs Anika Ranginani 1 Parliamentary Procedure Team Sophomore Burr Ridge Timothy Sam 1 Parliamentary Procedure Team Sophomore LaGrange