When Ohio schools were closed on March 13, some of the area’s top students had to put aside plans to showcase their business skills and knowledge against other students statewide when the Ohio chapter of Business Professionals of America Ohio (Ohio BPA) State Leadership Conference was cancelled.
BPA officials regrouped, though, and the virtual State Leadership Conference took place online from April 20-24. Students competed in the areas of finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication and design, and management, marketing and communications. They took online tests, gave virtual presentations, and completed assignments via computer.
Two area Great Oaks students finished in the top four statewide in their category:
• Caroline Rhude took second place in the Fundamental Accounting event. Rhude is in the Financial Services program offered by Great Oaks at Clinton-Massie.
• Isaak Lykins of Hillsboro finished fourth in Fundamentals of Web Design. Lykins is in the Web Applications and Game Development program at Laurel Oaks Career Campus.