Marlborough High School Business Professionals of America students have strong showing


Marlborough High School Business Professionals of America students have strong showing
The twelve students from Marlborough High who competed at the annual MA Business Professionals of America leadership conference earned twenty medals. (Photo/submitted)

MARLBOROUGH – Twelve Marlborough High School students won a total of twenty medals at this year’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) state leadership conference.

Instructor Jayne Haley recently reported this news, calling the performance a “spectacular showing.”

The annual event ran in a hybrid modality for 2022 due to some lingering COVID-19 restrictions.

Computerized and written tests were administered after school from Feb. 28 to March 3, with Haley proctoring her students.

Judged events and workshops took place on March 5 at the Sheraton Tara in Framingham before an awards event was held online on March 6.

The results for Marlborough High School students were as follows:

  • State Merit Scholar – Finola McCarthy.
  • Writing contest – 1st place Rachel DiDonato.
  • Community Service – 1st place Finola McCarthy (Reality Fair), 2nd place Andrea Rennie (Holiday Card for New Horizons), 3rd place Josh Irons (Food Pantry).
  • Fundamental Accounting – 1st place Rachel DiDonato, 2nd place Tony Santiago, 3rd place Meg Carroll.
  • Payroll Accounting – 1st place Rachel DiDonato, 2nd place Meg Carroll, and 3rd place Tony Santiago.
  • Banking and Finance – 2nd place, Andres Thomas Cruz.
  • Economic Research (Individual) – 4th place Sarah Cronin.
  • Basic Office Systems & Procedures – 1st place Sarah Cronin.
  • Fundamental Spreadsheets –  5th place Josh Irons.
  • Entrepreneurship – 3rd Place Andrea Rennie.
  • Interview Skills – 1st Place, Courtney Sweeney.
  • Economic Research Team – 1st place Andrea Rennie and Andres Thomas Cruz.
  • Broadcast News Production –  3rd place Sarah Cronin, Finola McCarthy, Courtney Sweeney, and Aubrey Tunnera.
  • Small Business Management Team – 4th place Meg Carroll, Joshua Irons, Tony Santiago, and Mallory Farrell.
  • Ethics & Professionalism – 1st place Rachel DiDonato.

BPA is considered to be the leading career and technical program for students who are planning to pursue a career in the business world in particular.

BPA describes itself as working “to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service.”

BPA is presented as a co-curricular activity, enhancing the academic curriculum, as opposed to an extracurricular activity, which may or may not have any connection to academics.

Fourteen high schools in Massachusetts have active BPA programs.


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