Dear Chapter Advisors,
To sum it up, I’m simply speechless. Although the number of awards we received did not reach or exceed last year’s numbers, the combination of awards we received was simply outstanding. Our Postsecondary Division accomplished something that I don’t know has ever been done in the history of BPA national competitions. They earned the top 3 spots in five (repeat, FIVE) competitions. Kudos, congratulations, good job!!! I’m impressed beyond measure.
As I was watching the awards session online on Saturday night, I kept smiling and cheering. Friends and family near me had no idea what was going on. I believe they thought I was watching one of the NBA game 7 events. The NBA couldn’t compare to Michigan’s achievements that evening.
In order to bask in the glory of our wonderful accomplishments, today's Tuesday Tipster will only provide a summary of our success at the Michigan NLC.
View an enhanced copy of this NLC recap, with pictures, by downloading our newsletter from http://www.michiganbpa.org/Websites/michiganbpa/images/MIBPA/Files/Documents/Michigan-BPA-Accelerated-to-the-Future-at-2014-NLC.pdf.
An updated list of winners is also available online at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc.
If your school's success is publicized in a newsletter article, please e-mail State Director Maurice S. Henderson at email@example.com and Technology Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHIGAN BPA ACCELERATED TO THE FUTURE
The students in Michigan kept our tradition alive by accelerating to the top of the pack to win the most awards than any other state during the 2014 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 30-May 4, 2014. Approximately 5,500 participants from more than 28 states and the territory of Puerto Rico attended the conference.
Michigan had 523 participants in attendance (406 students, 87 advisors, 6 alumni, and 24 guests). There were 90 delegates from our Postsecondary Division and 433 from our Secondary Division, making our delegation one of the largest at the conference.
BPA Advisor and CEAC Representative Patrick Schultz from Bay-Arenac Career Center received the Hall of Fame Award. This award is designed to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to Business Professionals of America at the national level. Mr. Schultz has been a BPA advisor for six years and represented Michigan at the national level on the Classroom Educators Advisory Council for two years.
One of the stars of the conference, also from Bay-Arenac Career Center, was Timothy Miller. Timothy was recognized at the opening session for receiving the Presidential Service Award from President Barack Obama. The award recognizes individuals for their hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. In addition, during the conference, Timothy received his Ambassador Torch Award, 2nd place in Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, 3rd place in the Virtual Business Challenge, 7th place in Financial Math & Analysis Concepts, and 8th place in Management/Marketing/Human Resource Concepts. He scored 99 out of 100 on the National Association of Parliamentarians membership exam (making him a member of NAP) and he also earned his MTA Windows OS Fundamentals industry certification.
Sixty-one (61) Michigan students received their Ambassador Torch Awards, recognizing the multitude of community service and leadership development projects they participated in throughout the year. This is the highest level of recognition in the Torch Awards Program. Collectively, all 61 students earned 32,570 points in the Torch Awards Program this year.
Michigan continued its tradition of sweeping at least one event. Usually we have one event where we take the top three slots. This year, we couldn’t be stopped—we did something that was unimaginable. We swept the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place slots in 6 different events (one at the Secondary Division and five at the Postsecondary Division).
Michigan’s Postsecondary Division was absolutely phenomenal. During their awards session, one quickly discovered that Michigan could not be stopped. Our Postsecondary Division won 134 in the top 10, with 50 of those in the top 3. Of those 50, 24 were 1st place finishes. The Postsecondary Division accelerated to speeds that could not be matched.
Michigan’s Secondary Division won 114 awards in the top 10, 34 of which were in the top 3. Of the 34, 11 were 1st place finishes.
For the second year, BPA held the Fair Trade Challenge. During this year’s event, Dearborn High School participated and won 3rd place overall for their Advanced Battery Technology product. Their product was small stick batteries and a larger battery for tablets. They demonstrated so much enthusiasm during the event and certainly executed a well-thought plan.
Our national conferences run smoothly due to the assistance of student volunteers. Throughout the weekend, students volunteer to serve as conference interns and assist in various assignments ranging from working at the registration desk to assisting in the headquarters office. Griffin Gonzales from Ludington High School was one of those volunteers. He participated in the conference as an intern and leadership academy participant.
More than 60 students earned industry certifications during the conference. The certifications ranged from networking and security fundamentals to Microsoft Office products. Amongst the finalists, Michigan is proud of Kiley Morgan for earning 2nd place in the certification for Microsoft Word 2010 Core.
In addition to the excitement of competing and professional development, the trip was also fast paced due to the wonderful tours and outdoor excursions. Students visited various museums as well as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Michigan congratulates all our NLC participants and award winners!