Taos High School BPA students earn spot in national competition….


Taos High School BPA students earn spot in national competition


It’s not just about typing and filing anymore.

Students in Business Professionals of America clubs around the country now also delve into computer programming, software fixes, computer-aided graphic design and other skills needed in today’s world of commerce.

Taos High School students in the BPA club recently showed off their skills at the BPA New Mexico state competition in late February.

Fundraising is now underway to help those that qualified for nationals travel May 9-14 to the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. The club will present to the Taos Municipal Schools board on March 27.

Among the Taos High students who qualified for nationals were the following:

Krystah Pacheco, 1st Legal Office Procedures, 6th in Management, Marketing and HR Open, 3rd Broadcast News;

Cyrus O’Hern, 1st Computer Security/ 5th PC Servicing and Troubleshooting;

Kineo Memmer, 1st Business Law and Ethics/1st Banking and Finance;

Angelica Medina, 2nd Fundamental Desktop Publishing;

Ashley McMains, 2nd Admin Support Research Project;

Feliz Martinez, 1st Desktop Publishing;

Josh Fambro, 4th Legal Office Procedures/ 5th Business Law and Ethics;

Kristianna Garcia, 1st Global Marketing Team;

Jenay Barela, 2nd Java Programming. Also placed 3rd Computer Programming Concepts Open, 6th for Info-Tech Concepts Open, Virtual Event – Software Engineering;

Delaney Galligan, 2nd Extemporaneous Speech/ 1st in Digital Media Production. Also placed 9th in Computer Programming Concepts Open, 5th in Info-Tech Concepts Open, Virtual Event – Photography;

Kailey Redmond, 1st Global Marketing Team/ 3rd Desktop Publishing;

Geneva Tafoya, 1st Admin Support Research Project;

Zak Willis, 1st Global Marketing Team/ 8th PC Service and Troubleshooting, Virtual Event – Software Engineering;

Krystiana Yuma-Rivera, 2nd Business Meeting Management Concepts Open / 8th Medical Office Procedures;

Other Taos High students who placed at state included:

Sierra Ferguson, 9th in Medical Office Procedures, 9th Management, Marketing and HR Open;

Eben Bellas, 7th PC Servicing and Troubleshooting, Virtual Event – Software Engineering;

Jacob Dudley, 6th Legal Office Procedures/8th Business Law and Ethics;

Amos Duran, 3rd Website Design Team/4th Graphic Design Promotion;

Ross Foley, 8th Legal Office Procedures;

Kendra Gibson, 3rd Broadcast News, 5th Business Meeting Management Concepts Open, 3rd in Financial Math and Analysis Open;

Kyle Totman, 3rd Website Design Team;

Krysta Williams, 3rd Website Design Team;

Justin Martinez, 3rd Broadcast News;

Tristan Martinez, 3rd Broadcast News.

BPA was originally formed in 1966 as the Office Education Association. Its mission was to prepare students in middle, secondary and post-secondary schools as global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.

“The organization has found itself continually adapting to the ever-changing world it faces. Whether it be rescheduling its National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas for the first time ever in 2009 due to the H1N1 influenza, or keeping current with technological advancements by introducing virtual contests in 2012,” according to the BPA website.

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