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Local CareerTech Students Bring Home Top Awards

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Business Professionals of America brought national recognition to the state at the recent 2009 BPA National Leadership Conference held in Dallas. Some 3,000 students and the professionals who educate and mentor them attended the three-day event held June 17-21.

BPA is the leading CareerTech student organization for high school and adult students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. The organization has more than 55,000 members from 23 states. In Oklahoma, BPA can be found in 278 chapters located in high schools, technology centers and community colleges.

“The Oklahoma BPA membership did our state very proud at the conference this weekend at the BPA National Conference in Dallas,” said state BPA Advisor Gina Hubbard. “Twenty-five students took first place honors and received an Acer Netbook laptop from Oklahoma BPA.  In total, 106 students placed in the Top 10 in their respective events.”

Hubbard also reported that Tanner Wallace from Autry Technology Center in Enid received $1,000 National Technical Honor Society Scholarship. Numerous special recognition awards were also earned.  The prestigious Professional Cup was awarded to the Oklahoma Post-Secondary Division for its participation in the Special Recognition Awards program.

“Michael DeJager, from Perry High School who last year was elected BPA national secondary president, and Dustin Devers, an Oklahoma State University - Stillwater student elected as the national BPA postsecondary president, received accolades on their outstanding service to the organization,” Hubbard said.

Oklahoma’s Mid-Level Division won the Business Math event. The Secondary Division took first in three events: PC Servicing and Troubleshooting, Network Design Team and Computer Security.

The Post-Secondary Division took first place in 11 events including Advanced Interview Skills, Prepared Speech, Video Production Team, Interview Skills, Small Business Management Team, Computer Animation Team, Administrative Support Concepts, Fundamental Accounting, Presentation Management Team, Financial Math and Analysis and Digital Media Production.

“Students involved with our career-oriented programs and student organizations are better prepared for future employment,” said Oklahoma CareerTech Director Phil Berkenbile. “They have a smoother transition from school to career because of the skills and leadership activities provided through CareerTech training.”

BPA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech occupational divisions. The other six include FFA and Agricultural Education, FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences Education, HOSA and Health Careers Education, DECA and Marketing Education, TSA and Technology Engineering, and SkillsUSA and Trade and Industrial Education.

A complete list of winners and awards are available on the NLC website at

For more information about BPA, e-mail Gina Hubbard at or call 405-743-5117. For more information about CareerTech student organizations, visit

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: June 25, 2009

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