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Eastland Career Center BPA Students Celebrate National Qualifying Performances

Students from the Eastland Career Center chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) had great success in their recent state competitions, held on March 10, 2022. Nine students across a variety of programs have qualified for the BPA national competition while a total of 24 top-10 finishes were recorded as part of the annual state-wide conference.
L-to-R: Montez Boyd-Starks (SR from Groveport), Dylan Burton (SR from Teays Valley), Diego Mendoza (SR from Groveport), and Dylan Miller (SR from Groveport)Pictured (L-R): Montez Boyd-Starks (Sr., Groveport), Dylan Burton (Sr., Teays Valley), Diego Mendoza (Sr., Groveport), Dylan Miller (Sr., Groveport)


Five individuals and a four-person team of students will represent the Eastland Career Center BPA chapter at the national convention in Austin, Texas, which is slated for May 4-8, 2022. A tandem of students from the Programming & Software Development program will compete for Best in Show after creating a playable video game of original content using a variety of skills including writing scripts and application code, database management, media creation, and product testing. The group includes seniors Montez Boyd Starks (Groveport Madison), Dylan Burton (Teays Valley), Diego Mendoza (Groveport Madison), and Dylan Miller (Groveport Madison).

From the Interactive Media program, senior and BPA officer Elise Woodard (Gahanna Lincoln) qualified for Nationals in the Virtual Promotional Photography category. Two additional Programming & Software students, junior Ethan Dyckes (Gahanna Lincoln) and senior Dylan Miller (Groveport Madison, qualified for Nationals in their respective competitions. Junior Tina Johnson (Reynoldsburg HS2) and senior Alondra Agueros (New Albany) represented the Medical Office lab by qualifying in the Health Administration Procedures and Integrated Office Application categories, respectively.

The state competition was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus on March 10th with the awards ceremony following the next day. Students from career technical schools all over the state joined to compete and share in comradery through shared interests.
A full list of BPA state placements and national qualifiers is listed below.

Eastland Career Center, located in Groveport, is one of two main campuses that make up Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools. For more information about Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools and its high school and adult programs, please visit www.EastlandFairfield.com.

Business Professionals of America (BPA) is the nation’s leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, accounting, office administration, and other business-related career fields. With 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico, as well as an international presence in China, Haiti and Peru, BPA is an organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

Pictured (L-R): Ethan Dyckes (Jr., Gahanna), Austin Corven (Jr., PHSN), Adam Offord (Jr., Gahanna), Yakob Getu (Jr., Whitehall)


2022 BPA State Competition Results   (name, class, home school, event, program)
National Top 10: Montez Boyd Starks (Sr., Groveport Madison), Dylan Burton (Sr., Teays Valley), Diego Mendoza (Sr., Groveport Madison), Dylan Miller (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Virtual Software Engineering Team, Programming & Software Development $
National Top 10: Elise Woodard (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln) - Virtual Promotional Photography, Interactive Media $
3rd place: Tina Johnson (Jr., Reynoldsburg HS2) - Health Administration Procedures, Medical Office $
4th place: Dylan Miller (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Java Programming, Programming & Software Development $
5th place: Ethan Dyckes (Jr., Gahanna Lincoln) - C# Programming, Programming & Software Development $
5th place: Alondra Agueros (Sr., New Albany) - Integrated Office Applications, Medical Office $
6th place: Yakob Getu (Jr., Whitehall Yearling) - C# Programming, Programming & Software Development
6th place: Hannah Green (Jr., Groveport Madison) - Fundamental Word Processing, Medical Office
7th place: Scott Bader (Sr., Liberty Union) - Java Programming, Programming & Software Development
7th place: Montez Boyd Starks (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Java Programming, Programming & Software Development
7th place: David Burdett (Sr., Fairfield Union), Matthew Charles (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln), CJ Phillips (Sr., Fairfield Union) - Computer Animation Team, Interactive Media
7th place: Bryanna Windle (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Administrative Support Team, Medical Office
7th place: Stephanie Fleming (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Administrative Support Team, Medical Office
7th place: Aleya Gunn (Jr., Groveport Madison) - Basic Office Systems and Procedures, Medical Office
7th place: Adam Offord (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln) - Python Programming Pilot, Programming & Software Development
8th place: Zoe Messer (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Intermediate Word Processing, Medical Office
8th place: Nathan Duda (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Computer Modeling, Interactive Media
10th place: Fatoumata Diallo (Jr., Groveport Madison) - Medical Office
10th place: Haley Wells (Sr., Groveport Madison) - Intermediate Word Processing, Medical Office

$ indicates the person/group has qualified for national competition

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