• Image of Hailey, Alex and McKenzie
    Image of Hailey, Alex and McKenzie

Hailey, Alex, and McKenzie were chosen top juniors and seniors at the Wayne County Schools Career Center Business Professionals of America recognition ceremony.


Business Professionals of America students received awards for their accomplishments this year during a BPA recognition luncheon at the school.

Top juniors were Business Entrepreneurship student McKenzie of Norwayne and Interactive Media student Hailey of Chippewa. Top senior in Interactive Media was Alexander of Smithville. McKenzie is the daughter of Dan and Amy of West Salem; Hailey is the daughter of Michael and Toni of Doylestown, and Alex is the son of Bruce of Sterling and Sarah of Navarre.

A certificate of achievement was presented to business student Zoey McKay of Chippewa. Certificates of recognition were given to Interactive Media students Hannah Dotson of Waynedale, Seth Yankello of Wooster and Shane Eader of Norwayne.

Interactive Media students Brandi Myers of Waynedale received the Statesman and Ambassador BPA Torch Award, and Hailey received the Statesman Torch Award.

BPA president Hailey welcomed the students, parents, staff and advisory committee members, and introduced BPA and class officers.

Supervisor Lyn Boggs thanked those in attendance for their role in the students’ success. “You are building skills that are going to last you a lifetime,” she said.

Adviser Jennifer Rue described some of the highlights of the year, including regional and state competition, and a new BPA student certification series. The series included six 50-minute weekly training webinars with corresponding assignments to prepare new members for success in BPA and provide supporting training materials for existing members.

Students completing the student certification series received a certificate of participation. They were: Vincent Lane of Waynedale, Myers, Janae Cole of Wooster, Dotson, Eader, Mason Hatten of Rittman, Dustin Piper of Wooster, Eric Priebe of Northwestern, Jonathan Ross of Triway, Jeremiah Sovine of Triway, Allison Vinson of Chippewa, Codi Caudill of Smithville, Eric Gonzalez of Waynedale, Mason Steiner of Orrville, Sarah Witten of Wooster, and Yankello.

The students also received awards for life skills achievements, community service projects, and service on various committees.

            The chapter received the Business Professionals of America Chapter Activities Award of Excellence at the Ohio Leadership Conference. Hailey placed second in presentation management individual, and qualified to compete at the National Business Professionals of America conference in Orlando, Fl., in May.

            Rue thanked Cody Bennett, a former graduate who volunteered to assist the chapter with BPA activities this year.

Rue and co- adviser Kelly Miller presented a check to Helene Moncman, executive director of CAMO USA, for $350.25 from coins collected for Central American Medical Outreach of Orrville.  In addition to collecting coins, students volunteered many hours to CAMO, sorting ink cartridges and putting together the mailing for Giving Tuesday.

            Business Entrepreneurship students were honored for participation in their regional and state competitions. Students receiving service learning awards were: Clayton Helton of Rittman, Megan Hoisington of Norwayne, Dedric Isaac of Rittman, Eliana Johnson of Chippewa, Lorynn Sparks of Smithville, and McKenzie.

            Interactive Media seniors each received a “Survival Kit for Life” which included various items to remind them to do and be their best.

A farewell slideshow created by Hailey, Alex and McKenzie completed the program.