Students from South Central College attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2019 State Leadership Conference, in Alexandria, MN February 21 - 23, 2019. South Central College chapter members joined other conference delegates from across the state to participate in general sessions and competitive events. Business Professionals of America is a national organization of students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned in their academic programs.

The highlight of the conference was the awards ceremony. Students placing in the top five of individual events or in the top two of team events will be eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA May 1 -5, 2019. The following students placed in the competitive events:

Financial Analyst Team
1st Place – Leslie Mesta (from Faribault), Melinda Grant (from Waseca), April Razo (from Faribault), Katie Bliss (from Faribault)

Video Production Team
1st Place – Austin Oropeza (from St. James), Abby Cherney (from Mankato), Elijah Hastings (from Coon Rapids)

Small Business Management Team
1st Place - Brianna Redford (from Mankato), Lauren Caven (from Amboy), Abdalla Mohamed (from Waseca)

Presentation Management Team
2nd Place - Abdalla Mohamed (from Waseca), Chano Abader (from Mankato)

College Accounting
1st Place – Shane Schreiber (from Montgomery)

Advanced College Accounting
3rd Place - Katie Bliss (from Faribault)
4th Place - Leslie Mesta (from Faribault)
5th Place - Brianna Redford (from Mankato)

Banking and Finance
1st Place – Leslie Mesta (from Faribault)
3rd Place – Shane Schreiber (from Montgomery)

Payroll Accounting
1st Place – Leslie Mesta (from Faribault)
2nd Place – April Razo (from Faribault)

Federal Income Tax Accounting
1st Place – Lauren Caven (from Amboy)
2nd Place – Brianna Redford (from Mankato)
3rd Place – Katie Bliss (from Faribault)
5th Place – Melinda Grant (from Waseca)

Managerial Accounting
1st Place – April Razo (from Faribault)
2nd Place – Lauren Caven (from Amboy)
4th Place – Katie Bliss (from Faribault)
5th Place – Leslie Mesta (from Faribault)

Business Law and Ethics
2nd Place – April Razo (from Faribault)
4th Place – Katie Bliss (from Faribault)

Ethics and Professionalism
5th Place – Melinda Grant (from Waseca)

Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
3rd Place – April Razo (from Faribault)

Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
1st Place – Brianna Redford (from Mankato)

Personal Financial Management
3rd Place – Melinda Grant (from Waseca)

Advanced Interview Skills
2nd Place – Melinda Grant (from Waseca)

Contemporary Issues
1st Place – Leslie Mesta (from Faribault)
4th Place – Katie Bliss (from Faribault)

Fundamental Word Processing
1st Place – Lauren Caven (from Amboy)

Integrated Office Applications
3rd Place – Brianna Redford (from Mankato)

Trading Pin
1st Place – Abby Cherney (from Mankato)