Richmond HIgh School Business Professionals of America competitors: Seated on stage, from left: Lauren Freeman, Brooklyn Ellis, Emily Anaya, Kamara Alexander; standing on stage from left: Fred Mendenhall, Ethan Couch, Charles Frederick, Lucas Jetmore; standing on floor: Owen Peters, Jackson Bales, Jacob George, Maddux Goggins; standing on stairs: Francesca De Lorenzo, Yuvraj Prajapati, Guillermo Suarez Pernas. Supplied

4 schools compete for Business Professionals of America

Nearly 100 students from around Wayne County have qualified for 2023 state competition in topics ranging from Python programming (for computers, not snakes) to health leadership and payroll accounting.

Teens can explore careers and learn a variety of skills as they prepare for Business Professionals of America competitions.

Lincoln has the county’s most students — 55 — headed to the State Leadership Conference. Twenty-eight of those students qualified in two events, said Garrett Singer, who serves as an adviser.

In its second year, Centerville Senior High School’s BPA chapter had 26 members competing at regionals and 26 students advancing to state. CSHS’ chapter, led by former LHS adviser Bonita Klein, grew from the nine members it had last year.

Richmond High School qualified 13 students to compete at the State Leadership Conference, according to adviser Denise Selm. RHS students won eight first-place awards, and 10 students qualified to compete in two events.

Hagerstown’s Townsend Gross and Morgan Williamson also qualified for state. They received guidance from sponsors Linda Isom and Beth Overfield.

The state conference takes place March 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Those who advance to the national level will compete April 26-30 in Anaheim, California.

Each school welcomes donations to defray students’ expenses for the conferences.

Lincoln High School is sending 55 students to Business Professionals of America’s State Leadership Conference in March. Supplied photos


Centerville has 26 BPA members advancing to state.


Hagerstown’s Townsend Gross, left, Zoe Meek and Morgan Williamson competed at regionals.


Here are the names, regional placement and categories for Wayne County’s Business Professionals of America members.


  • Alivia Anderson: fifth, Advanced Word Processing
  • Kaila Arthur: fifth, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications; second, Payroll Accounting
  • Zach Bates: sixth, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • Samantha Bell: sixth, Intermediate Word Processing
  • Elijah Berry: second, Python Programming
  • Mallory Burns: second, Database Applications
  • Wendy Canterbury: third, Health Administration Procedures
  • Bear Ervin: first, Health Leadership Special Topics
  • Gracie Gambill: fourth, Basic Office Systems & Procedures
  • Morgan Gambill: seventh, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Elliott Jones: third, Integrated Office Applications
  • Samantha Lilley: sixth, Basic Office Systems & Procedures; second, Intermediate Word Processing
  • Whitney Lynn: sixth, Advanced Office Systems & Procedures; third, Advanced Word Processing
  • Ellie Mettler: second, Advanced Office Systems & Procedures
  • Rachel Morgan: third, Payroll Accounting
  • Braydon Munchel: first, Python Programming
  • Gavin Newton: third, Fundamental Desktop Publishing
  • Jack Patton: sixth, Legal Office Procedures
  • Brody Puckett: first, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • Delilah Rains: first, Ethics & Professionalism
  • Reagan Sturgis: third, Ethics & Professionalism
  • Nevaeh Wharton: fourth, Advanced Word Processing
  • Nataleigh Felder: first, Legal Office Procedures; first, Intermediate Word Processing
  • Leo Russell: third, Interview Skills
  • Jenna Gerber: third, Administrative Support Research Project; second, ICD-10-CM Medical Diagnostic Coding
  • Luke Cottrell: first, Fundamental Word Processing
  • Chevelle Rose: first, Fundamental Desktop Publishing; fifth, Fundamental Word Processing
  • Joseph Davis: third, Intermediate Word Processing
  • Seth Ingalls: first, Database Applications
  • Aleiyia Maraj: fourth, Fundamental Accounting; first, Health Insurance & Medical Billing
  • Jamey Ramsey: fourth, Fundamental Word Processing
  • Addy Ross: ninth, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Ben Bates: second, Fundamental Word Processing
  • Josiah Berry: eighth, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Gavin Trent: second, Human Resource Management
  • Avery McGriff: first, Device Configuration & Troubleshooting
  • Austin Brooks: fifth, Integrated Office Applications; third, Database Applications
  • Administrative Support Team: first, Samantha Bell, Alivia Anderson, Brody Puckett, Elijah Berry
  • Parliamentary Procedure Team: first, Luke Cottrell, Paige Robinson, Grace Sherwood, Mallory Burns, Elliott Jones, Jacob Myers, Braydon Munchel
  • Broadcast News Production Team: first, Delilah Rains, Bailey Bonham, Juliana Losekamp, Katie Osborne
  • Video Production Team: first, Ellie Mettler, Karly Smith, Zariah Davis
  • Presentation Team: third, Mia Cupp, Paige Lunsford, Reagan Sturgis
  • Global Marketing Team: second, Leo Russell, Bear Ervin, Caden Creech, Evan Stuckey
  • Small Business Management Team: first, Christian Davis, Joseph Davis, Vince Sorah, Seth Ingalls
  • Podcast Production Team: Gavin Trent, Jack Patton, Avery McGriff, Tyler Wyles
  • Website Design Team: Wyatt Patterson, Ben Bates, Greysen Davis, Gunnar Newton


  • Aubrey Alexander: Integrated Office Applications, sixth; Health Administration Procedures, ninth
  • Grant Burdette: Fundamental Accounting, first
  • Collin Clark: Personal Financial Management, seventh
  • Emma Cooper: Fundamental Accounting, sixth
  • Jayden Cornett: Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, sixth; Banking and Finance, fourth
  • Ellie Cox: Administrative Support Research, first; Interview Skills, third
  • Jacob Crowe: Ethics and Professionalism, sixth
  • Savannah Davis: Health Administration Procedures, first; Business Law & Ethics, fourth
  • Alex Goodwin: Basic Office Systems & Procedures, fifth; Administrative Support Concepts, ninth; Parliamentary Procedures Concepts, third
  • Lorelei Guenther: Payroll Accounting, first; Presentation Individual, first
  • Zach Hugo: Health Administration Procedures, fourth; Health Insurance and Medical Billing, second
  • Tizeta Jarvis: Presentation Individual, second
  • Claire Kaucher: Fundamental Word Processing, third
  • Mia Lickfelt: Integrated Office Applications, first; Financial Math & Analysis Concepts, third;
  • Administrative Support Concepts, sixth
  • Makayla Maitlen: Advanced Office Systems & Procedures, fifth; Financial Math & Analysis Concepts, first; Business Meeting Management Concepts, ninth
  • Ava Mile-Cooper: Fundamental Accounting, third
  • Brady Moore: Business Law & Ethics, fifth; Human Resource Management, third
  • Ethan Moore: Personal Financial Management, fifth
  • Sophia Nicholson: Advanced Desktop Publishing, first; Business Law & Ethics, third;
  • Digital Communication and Design Concepts, third; Digital Marketing Concepts, 10th
  • Andy Purcell: Business Law & Ethics, first; Legal Office Procedures second; Medical Terminology Concepts, fifth
  • Drew Stelle: Integrated Office Applications, second; Advanced Office Systems & Procedures, first
  • Trevor Thornburg: Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, third
  • Dakota Torbeck: Intermediate Word Processing Skills, fifth; Integrated Office Applications, fourth; Administrative Support Concepts, third
  • Avery Walther: Extemporaneous Speech, second; Parliamentary Procedures Concepts, ninth
  • Reagan Wilmot: Basic Office Systems & Procedures, eighth

Team events:

  • Administrative Support Team: fourth (Alex Goodwin, Tizeta Jarvis, Mia Lickfelt, Reagan Wilmot)
  • Economic Research Team: second (Joseph Shaffer, Grant Burdette, Emma Cooper, Ava Miles-Cooper)
  • Financial Analyst Team: first (Collin Clark, Jacob Crowe, Trevor Thornburg, Ethan Moore)
  • Presentation Team: first (Makayla Maitlen, Avery Walther)


  • Financial Math & Analysis: Lucas Jetmore, second; Jacob George, fifth
  • Administrative Support Concepts: Lucas Jetmore, second; Brooklyn Ellis, fourth
  • Computer Programming Concepts: Charles Frederick, first; Jackson Bales, fourth
  • Information Technology Concepts: Jackson Bales, second
  • Digital Communication Design: Yuvraj Prajapati, second
  • Management, Marketing & Human Resources: Fred Mendenhall, second; Maddux Goggins, fifth; Ethan Couch, sixth; Brooklyn Ellis, eighth
  • Business Meeting Management: Brooklyn Ellis, fourth; Francesca De Lorenzo, fifth; Lauren Freeman, sixth; Guillermo Suarez Pernas, seventh
  • Digital Marketing Concepts: Fred Mendenhall, first; Maddux Goggins, second; Ethan Couch, third; Jacob George, fifth; Owen Peters, seventh; Guillermo Suarez Pernas, ninth
  • Economic Research Individual: Jacob George, first
  • Intermediate Word Processing: Lucas Jetmore, fourth
  • Fundamental Accounting: Lauren Freeman, seventh; Kamara Alexander, eighth
  • Banking and Finance: Kamara Alexander, seventh
  • Basic Office Systems: Lucas Jetmore, second
  • ICD-10 Diagnostic Coding: Jackson Bales, first
  • C# Programming: Charles Frederick, first
  • Java Programming: Charles Frederick, second
  • Interview Skills: Emily Anaya, 10th
  • Computer Networking Technology: Fred Mendenhall, first
  • Graphic Design Promotion: Owen Peters, first
  • Extemporaneous Speech: Ethan Couch, first
  • Ethics and Professionalism: Ethan Couch, second
  • Prepared Speech: Brooklyn Ellis, fourth; Emily Anaya, sixth
  • Presentation Management Individual: Yuvraj Prajapati, third
  • Administrative Support Research Project: Brooklyn Ellis, second
  • Fundamental Desktop Publishing: Lauren Freeman, second
  • Entrepreneurship: Francesca De Lorenzo, third; Guillermo Suarez Pernas, fourth
  • Fundamental Spreadsheet: Yuvraj Prajapati, fifth

State qualifiers also include: Podcast Production Team, Francesca De Lorenzo and Guillermo Suarez Pernas; Visual Design Team, Maddux Goggins, Jacob George, and Jackson Bales; Computer Modeling, Maddux Goggins and Owen Peters; SQL Database, Fred Mendenhall.


  • Townsend Gross: sixth in Banking and Finance; seventh in Interview Skills, and sixth in Digital Marketing
  • Zoe Meek: seventh in Administrative Support Concepts; eighth in Parliamentary Procedure Concepts
  • Morgan Williamson: ninth in Interview Skills; fourth in Personal Financial Management.

Townsend and Morgan both qualified for state.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.