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By Kelly Bonitz - Barnum High School
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum students state-bound


January 25, 2018

Barnum High School

Barnum High School's Business Professionals of America (BPA), front row: Kyra Heaton, Riki Mae Duevel, Delaney Koecher; second row: James Dinger, Olivia Bogenholm, Lynnsey Schatz; third row: Devyn Asproth, Jacob Hultgren, Wheeler Anderson; back row: Aaron Rimolde, Jonah Saarla, Keith Carlson.

On Wednesday, January 17, 12 Barnum High School students headed to the regional Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference in Grand Rapids. In this leading Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), students can compete in various business related events. Students can either compete individually or on teams. In its first year at Barnum High School, the students did well competing in BPA, with 11 students earning top ranks and advancing to the state competition in March.

Several students competed in individual events. Lynnsey Schatz and James Dinger both competed individually in Basic Office Systems and Procedures. In this event, the students were tested on their knowledge of office systems, including filing, organization and basic office software systems. Dinger also competed in Intermediate Word Processing Skills where he was tested on his typing abilities to format various documents. Devyn Asproth competed in Extemporaneous Speech. In this event, Asproth was given a random topic, 10 minutes to develop a speech and then give his speech to a panel of judges. Jonah Saarla competed in C++ Programming where he had to program software to complete the tasks assigned. Aaron Rimolde and Keith Carlson both competed individually in Fundamentals of Accounting where they were tested on their knowledge of basic business accounting procedures. Wheeler Anderson competed in an event titled Entrepreneurship. Anderson spent weeks developing and writing a business plan. At the competition he presented his plan to the judges.

Several students also competed in team events. Olivia Bogenholm, Schatz and Riki Mae Duevel competed in Small Business Management Team. They were given a scenario about a used car dealership and had to research ways to improve their commission program while increasing profits. Kyra Heaton and Delaney Koecher competed in Presentation Management Team. In this event, the students had to research ways small businesses can prevent environmental contamination and present their findings to judges. Rimolde and Carlson competed in Global Marketing Team. In this event, the students had to research and write a marketing plan for a business that was looking to expand into the tiny house market.

Overall, Barnum took home seven first place awards, four second place awards, three third place awards, three fourth place awards, and one fifth place award. With these awards, the following students earned spots to compete at the state competition held in Minneapolis in March: Carlson, Rimolde, Bogenholm, Duevel, Schatz, Koecher, Heaton, Jacob Hultgren, Saarla, Anderson and Dinger.

At the state competition, the students will have the opportunity to earn a spot at the national competition to be held in Dallas, Texas.


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