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Photo: L to R – Jared Naviello from New Knoxville, Harry Kaiser from New Bremen, Tyler Wolters from Marion Local, and Cole Link from Celina.

Four local Tri Star students recently attended Ohio’s Business Professionals of America’s 50th Annual State Leadership Conference, held March 8 and 9, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference, held at the at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Battelle Grand Ballroom, offered students the opportunity to showcase their business skills during the annual Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) competitions. Students attending the conference were also given opportunities to network with business professionals, meet with college recruiters, and attend the state meetings and ceremonies.

Tyler Wolters, a senior from Marion Local, enrolled in Tri Star’s Health Information Technology program earned a medal for placing in the Top Ten in his Human Resources Management competition. Tyler also placed the state’s Top Ten for his score in Business Meeting Management Concepts.

Also attending the conference as Region 16 winners were Jared Naviello, a senior from New Knoxville, and Harry Kaiser, a junior from New Bremen, who are both enrolled in Tri Star’s Interactive Media program. Both students competed in the Fundamentals of Web Design competition. Cole Link, a Celina student enrolled in the Health Information Technology program competed in the Legal Office Procedures event.

Mrs. Lisa Sheppard, BPA advisor who accompanied the students:

“Our area, Region 16, has a lot of schools, and is quite competitive, so anyone who has advanced to State should be proud of his or her accomplishment. Students compete by taking tests, writing papers, completing projects, giving presentations, and utilizing skills deemed important in the business world, so it takes a great deal of knowledge or a lot of hard work for the students to win these events.”

The State Leadership Conference is the most anticipated event of the Ohio BPA year. The conference’s competitive events enable students to receive recognition for demonstrating their career-based competencies and broaden their knowledge, while also expanding their knowledge and their leadership and human relations skills.