Batavia-Great Oaks students earn national awards in Orlando

Fourteen members of the Batavia High School Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the National Leadership Conference and Competition in Orlando, Florida May 9th-14th.

Four students qualified for national competition; including Kylie Jimenez-Woods and Tanner Mays – Legal Procedures, Jake Kovacs – Business Law and Ethics, and Ashley Mathews – Economic Research Individual.

Brett Moles and Jake Kovacs were awarded the U.S. Presidential Service Medal. In addition, thirteen earned the Ambassador Torch Award for their commitment to school and community service. Ambassador recipients include Natasha Camacho, Darby Crooks, Jacob Daulton, Mitch Davis, Nicholas DeFrank, Jake Kovacs, Garrett Kraus, Erin Mackey, Tanner Mays, Manhattan Miller, Brett Moles, Will Scheffter, and Kylie Jimenez-Woods. Shelby Britton, Jake Knechlty, Zach Newcomb, Sahil Patel, Collin Sammons and Dylan Young also received the Ambassador Award but were unable to attend the conference.

The Batavia chapter earned six national awards. They received the Community Service Award for being actively involved in school and community betterment and being engaged citizens. The Special Olympics Award was received for raising over $11,000 for the Special Olympics Organization. The chapter was also recognized for their development and participating in safe driving initiatives with the Safety Awareness Award. The Marketing and Public Relations Award was awarded for upholding the image of Business Professionals of America and its members. Finally, in addition to receiving the Quality Chapter designation, they received the Chapter of Award of Excellence for their outstanding activities and program.

During the week the students participated in general sessions and professional development activities. They also had a chance to visit the Disneyworld parks.

Chapter president Dylan Young said, “We really need to thank the Batavia Rotary Club, Batavia Heights Christian Child Care, Park National Bank, Spindles Plus, the Cincinnati Reds, and the ChemMed Corporation. Our former superintendent Barb Bradley also helped us out. It would not have been possible for us to participate in the national conference without the support we received from them.” Chapter treasurer Sahil Patel agrees, “Each year we need about $18,000 to cover the costs of regional, state and national competition. We try to fundraise but so is everyone else in the school. We are very fortunate to have businesses willing to help us out.”

Angie Kovacs is the business program instructor and the advisor for the Batavia BPA chapter. She said, “I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am that the community supports the students’ efforts and recognizes their successes. I know that when these students become business leaders they will do the same.”

The students are enrolled in the Legal Management program at Batavia High School, a satellite program offered through the Great Oaks Career Campuses.

The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. BPA is for students pursuing careers in business management, administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has 45,000 members and 2,500 chapter in the United States and Puerto Rico.