ISU students bring home honors from state BPA competition

March 20 2006


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State University has a new Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, and it sure has started off on the right foot. Seven students from the ISU chapter participated in state competition, and all seven qualified for national competition. These top students will now have the opportunity to attend the BPA 2006 National Leadership Conference, "Make Your Mark," in Orlando, Fla., May 10-14.

In Orlando, ISU chapter members Ritchie Hand, Dustin Bratton, Brandon Haston, Jonathan Clark, Rachel Williams, Amanda Willis, and Becky Milner will join more than 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation. While there, they will participate in national-level business skill competitions, workshops, general sessions and national officer candidate campaigns and elections.

BPA is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology occupations. At the collegiate level, BPA provides leadership, professional learning, and networking opportunities, and membership is open to students from all program areas in the College of Business.

At the state competition, which took place last month at the Ivy Tech campus in Sellersburg, ISU students competed against the likes of Indiana University, Purdue University, Oakland City University, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech, among others.

"The conference will be the culmination of a school year's worth of business workforce education and training our students have received," said Kelly Wilkinson, ISU's chapter advisor and assistant professor of business education, information, and technology (BEIT) at Indiana State.

Wilkinson said students from ISU's chapter qualified for nationals last year also, but did not have the funding to attend. She and the students are working now to raise the $5,000 to $6,000 needed to cover costs for the Orlando competition in May.

"As a new organization, ISU's chapter has been incredibly successful in competing at the state level and we hope to continue a winning tradition at nationals," she said.

For more about ISU's BPA chapter, contact Wilkinson at (812) 237-2077 or For more about the national BPA organization, go to

CONTACT: Kelly Wilkinson, Business Education, Information, and Technology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2077 or

WRITER: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or

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Seven students from ISU's Business Professionals of America have qualified for national competition in Orlando.

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