South Kitsap state champions go national

"South Kitsap High School's athletic teams get plenty of the attention when they compete for a state title. But a student organization populated by the people for whom many of today's athletes will one day be working has put together an impressive string of championships this year in relative anonymity.Members of SK's Business and Professionals of America Club have competed against other state high schools this year and came away with titles in web design, presentation management, financial math, financial math analysis, and computer-aided graphics, while earning runner-up in website development and desktop publishing competitions.We compete at a very high level in more things than sports, said SK career and academic guidance counselor Esther Albertus. BPA is a very successful organization and its members work just as hard at what they do as any athlete.Business and Professionals of America, she said, helps students develop leadership and real-world business skills. Around 50 youngsters participate in BPA and its sister organization, the Distributive Educational Clubs of America (DECA) at South Kitsap High School.Next month, 15 members of BPA will be traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to attend the 2000 National Career Development Conference for BPA, where they will participate in workshops and compete at the national level for scholarships and cash awards to further their education.South Kitsap competitors who will represent the school at the national convention include:* Website development team: Jamie Yaptinchay, Dawn Huestis, Melissa Mohan and Jewel Lindsey.* Website development team runner-up: Ryan Burchard, Kris Evinrude, Amanda D'Haem, and Triston Johnson.* Presentation management team: Gina White, Tiffany Robinson and Amy Shauer.* Computer-aided graphics: Lynda Laurant.* Financial management: Tiffany Turner and Sarah Bellamy.* Financial math analysis: Sarah Bellamy.* Desktop publishing: Dorian Hood.The 15 students are currently trying to raise $15,000 to make the trip, Albertus said, and are seeking donations from local civic organizations and business leaders. To donate, contact the school at 876-7318, or visit South Kitsap BPA's website at"

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