Marshall’s BPA sending 40 to state competition

Photo courtesy of Brenda Kellen Marshall High School were well represented at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional competition recently in Granite Falls, with a large number on the team advancing to the state level.

MARSHALL — A large number of Marshall High School students excelled at the recent Business Professional of American (BPA) competition and qualified for the state competition on March 8-10 in Minneapolis.

While some students advanced to the state level in multiple events, Marshall High School will be represented 55 times throughout the two-day state competition.

“The Marshall BPA students did a fantastic job at regions once again this year,” BPA adviser Brenda Kellen said. “With some more hard work and practice before state, we should have some national competitors in Texas in May.”

The BPA National Leadership Conference is slated for May 9-13 in Dallas, Texas, where thousands of students from across the country will gather to compete, showcase their business expertise and develop their leadership skills.

Marshall students combined to earn first-place finishes in 23 different contest categories. Two BPA members won two individual contests, with Davia Kellen in administrative support research project and intermediate word processing and Ammran Mohamed in medical office procedures and presentation management.

Other individual winners include: Ana Schwartz (advanced word processing), Louis Lozinski (C++ programming), Alex Gergen (computer modeling), Tyler Persons (computer security), Jett Skrien (digital media production), Jake Hess (fundamental accounting, Dakota Edens (fundamental spreadsheet applications), Ashtyn Eben (graphic design promotion), Savannah Boedigheimer (interview skills), Isaac Timmerman (JAVA programming), Dawson Kellen (network administration using Microsoft), Olivia Peterson (payroll accounting), Jamie Timmerman (personal financial management), Daniel Van Keulen (prepared speech).

“For graphic design promotion, I was required to create a logo and flyer using any kind of designing program,” Eben said. “I used Photoshop to promote the 2019 Nationals Competition in Anaheim, California next year. Last year, I was able to compete at the national level in this event an placed in the top 20.”

Eben was also among one of the five MHS teams to also be awarded first place at regionals. Eben, Ignacio Larios and Daniel Van Keulen joined forces in the global marketing competition.

“We had to put together a 10-part marketing plan for a construction company trying to enter the tiny home business,” Eben said. “This event was a major challenge for my team and I as none of us have prior experience in marketing. We were able to pull off a first-place finish with all of the work we put into the project, including hours of research and writing.”

Eben said their busy schedules made it difficult to find time to get together and work on the plan, but that they were able to get it all done to a point where they were happy with their effort.

“Our goals for this year are to make it back to nationals,” she said. “All three of us — Daniel, Ignacio and I — were able to attend and see the competition at last year’s national event and are planning to work hard and hopefully make a reappearance this year.”

Skrien paired up with Kyle Murphy to win the computer animation team event, while Darian Ross and Adrienne Simpson took first together in economic research project. Alexandra Bladholm and Jackson Bladholm combined to take home first place in the presentation management team contest.

Schwartz and Hess joined up with two others — Jerad Nilesen and Bryce Paulsen — to win the small business management team competition.

“The MHS students did a fantastic job,” Kellen said. “In the team events, the top two teams advance to state. For individual events that are judged, the top three move on. In all other events — written and computerized — the top five advance.”

Izach Harris, Parker Terfehr and Simon Zahrbock united to qualify for state, taking second-place in the computer animation team contest.

Abigail Johnson and Erica Jones advanced to state by finishing second and third, respectively, in advanced interview skills. Daniel Bauer picked up a pair of second-place finishes in database applications and in fundamental spreadsheet applications.

Nielsen took second place individually in presentation management, while Boedigheimer was second in prepared speech. Also advancing to state by finishing in second place were: Stephen Zimmer (graphic design promotion), Lauren Noriega (human resource management), Noah Dunn (digital media production), Owen Holmberg (computer modeling), Dawson Kellen (PC servicing and troubleshooting) and Peterson (advanced word processing).

Marshall High School’s Cole Remme collected a pair of third-place finishes (computer security and PC servicing and troubleshooting). Also taking third place were: Trevor Fales (legal office procedures) Michael Yang (payroll accounting) and Larios (personal financial management).

Allie Kock was third in basic office systems and procedures and was fourth in advanced word processing. Aliya Kadiye was third in business law and ethics and fifth in basic office systems and procedures.

Jamie Timmerman finished fourth in banking and finance, while Anna Timmerman was fourth in fundamental desktop publishing. Alexandra Bladholm added a fourth-place finish in medical office procedures, while Johnson chipped in another qualifying finish by taking fifth in personal finance management.