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Eastland-Fairfield Supplies Strong Showing at BPA Nationals

Four students dressed in light blue t-shirts branded in their game called "Furenzy" stand around a booth featuring their game and figurines of the chracters.Sliman Aitraiss, Jack Gill, Paige Ingram, and Caden Mesina stand proudly with their creation, "Furenzy", at the 2023 BPA national conference.


May 3, 2023  |  EFCTS

Students from multiple Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School programs traveled to Anaheim, California last week to compete in their respective events as a part of the 2023 Business Professionals of America (BPA) national conference. Six different teams or individuals finished fifth, or better, in the country, highlighting an incredibly successful trip.


A screenshot from a boxx level of the game entitled "Craig's Adventure". A dragon is approaching the main character while shooting fireballs at it.Check out this screenshot of "Craig's Adventure", an experience created by Anmol Acharya, Jack Kennedy, Chris Kowalewski, and Xander MooneyThe Eastland Career Center BPA chapter represented well with three teams finishing inside the top 11, and both software engineering teams placed inside the top 5, nationally. Anmol Acharya (Jr., Reynoldsburg), Jack Kennedy (Jr., Gahanna Lincoln), Chris Kowalewski (Jr., Reynoldsburg), and Xander Mooney (Jr., Reynoldsburg) teamed up for a third-place finish in the Software Engineering category. All students from Eastland Career Center are enrolled in the Programming & Software Development program.

The team of Slimane Ait Raiss (Jr., Groveport Madison), Jack Gill (Jr., Teays Valley), Paige Ingram (Jr., Bexley), and Caden Mesina (Jr., Teays Valley) placed fifth overall in the same event,

Adam Offord (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln) took home the school’s highest individual placement, claiming third place in the C# (C-sharp) Programming event.

Xander Mooney continued to collect the hardware with a fifth-place finish for his work in the C++ Programming event, marking a second top-5 finish for him, personally. 

Also receiving recognition for earning industry certifications include Adam Offord (IT Specialist) and Groveport Madison senior, Hannah Green (Microsoft Office Specialist, 2019 Word Certification). 

 Anmol Acharya, Jack Kennedy, Chris Kowalewski, and Xander Mooney all stand together holding their fifth-place plaques up, proudly.The team of Anmol Acharya, Jack Kennedy, Chris Kowalewski, and Xander Mooney took home third place in the nation in the Software Engineering category



A display of books, character cutouts, and branded boxes are on display for the team that created the "Town Under" series.Check out our students' work in the Visual Design category featuring their series, "Town Under". The Multimedia satellite program, housed at Pickerington High School North, continued its prominent run of success at the national level with two top-5 teams and an additional top-10 team. This marks the first time that three teams from the Multimedia program finished inside the top 10, nationally.

Of all the teams and individuals representing EFCTS at this year’s BPA national conference, none placed higher than the Visual Design Team, which finished as national runners-up. The team comprised of Pickerington North seniors Marcus Schwartz, Addie Knoll, and Matthias Smith and featured their work in various forms on a series the team created called “Town Under”. Their second-place finish continues a run of 10 consecutive years that a team from the Multimedia program was named a national finalist.

In the Website Design category, the team of Emma Nowlin, Ella Cox, and Will Meyer took home fourth place, overall. The Video Production team of Caden Watts (Pickerington North), Keira Bryant (Pickerington North), Macy Erickson (Pickerington North), and Marshall Wickman (Pickerington Central) finished eighth, overall.

A total of 11 students from the program made the trip to compete at BPA Nationals, including Gahanna Lincoln High School senior, Maxwell Clark, who finished well, but outside of the top 10 in his category. 

Collectively, Eastland-Fairfield featured four teams and two individuals to finish inside the top-5, in their respective categories. See below for a list of EFCTS’s top finishers.

The EFCTS Multimedia students and staff gather for a group photo after another successful BPA national conference.The Multimedia satellite students continue their strong reputation competing at BPA Nationals.



2023 BPA National Conference Top Finishers

Software Engineering
Team 1: Anmol Acharya, Jack Kennedy, Chris Kowalewski, and Xander Mooney - 3rd place

Team 2: Slimane Ait Raiss, Jack Gill, Paige Ingram, and Caden Mesina - 5th place

Team 3: CJ Davis, Ethan Dyckes, Adam Offord, and TJ Roberts - 11th place

C# Programming
Adam Offord - 3rd place

C++ Programming
Xander Mooney - 5th place

Visual Design
Marcus Schwartz, Addie Knoll, Matthias Smith - 2nd place

Website Design
Emma Nowlin, Ella Cox, Will Meyer - 4th place

Video Production
Caden Watts, Keira Bryant, Macy Erickson, Marshall Wickman - 8th place

About Eastland-Fairfield
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is the seventh-largest career and technical education district, geographically, in the State of Ohio. We serve more than 5,000 students in 16 school districts throughout Franklin, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Eastland-Fairfield provides more than 35 programs to over 1,600 high school and adult students. The district has two main campuses — Eastland Career Center in Groveport and Fairfield Career Center in Carroll, with satellite locations at four of our associate high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Groveport Madison, New Albany, and Pickerington North. 

Founded in 1969. Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools’ mission is to engage, enrich, and equip students every day in every experience. We prepare students to pursue their life’s next E: Employment, Enlistment, Entrepreneurship, and/or additional Education. Visit us online at www.eastlandfairfield.com and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn for regular updates, fun content and information.


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