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            LHS Makes Magic at SLC

            Contributed by Lowell High School, Lowell, MA

            It was a very exciting weekend at LHS for students from Business Professionals
            of America.  Fifteen students qualified for the National Leadership Conference
            in Orlando, Florida! 

            Following an afternoon of judged competitions and
            professional development workshops on Saturday, chapter members were welcomed to
            the 2013 State Leadership Conference by State President Tim Schmidt of Taconic
            High School. Held at the Sheraton Tara Framingham Resort, 16 chapters and about
            450 students from across the Commonwealth set out Uncover their Magic at the
            three-day event.  During the Opening Session, members were recognized for Torch
            Awards and winners were announced for the Writing, Pin, Cover and Community
            Service Awards.  LHS junior Mordecai Ebhohen received the Community Service
            Award for his Vision Alive project; in addition, Mordecai also submitted entries
            for the Pin and Cover Contests.  Junior Emily Wilcox submitted an entry for the
            Writing Contest. 

            Following the Opening Session, junior Carlos Gonzalez
            participated in the fun event, Mr. & Ms. BPA.  He performed a singing
            routine as part of his talent and dressed in traditional Puerto Rican attire for
            his entrance.

            On Sunday, chapter members traveled to Assabet Valley
            Regional High School for additional competitive events and workshops.  Our own
            Simonka Urbanova presented two workshops on the National Entrepreneurship
            Exploration project she is completing independently with the assistance of
            DancEnergy owner Lisa Tenczar. Simonka will submit her project for award
            consideration at the National Leadership Conference.  Additionally, LHS Chapter
            members swept the competition at the Becoming Professionally Academic Seminar
            offered by the BPA Post-Secondary President Lyndsay Robinson (Shawsheen Tech
            graduate).  To their credit, members Carlos Gonzalez, Melissa Graham, Amanda
            Rosa, Michael Doung, Sisowath Chea, Gracelyann Cordero, Cheymony Fennell,
            Meisang Hong, Rita Bagala, and Emily Wilcox were recognized as BPA Merit
            Scholars and invited to participate in the National Leadership Academy at

            Finally, on Monday, the Award Ceremony was held in the Grand
            Ballroom following the announcement of State Officers and a traditional Torch
            Ceremony.  Lowell High School is proud to announce the following winners: 
            junior Michael Doung placed Second in Extemporaneous Speech and Fourth in
            Project Management; junior Robert DelGrosso placed Second in Fundamental
            Spreadsheet Applications; junior Jackyie Cruz placed Fourth in Fundamental
            Accounting; senior Julian Rojas placed Second in Digital Media Production;
            junior Emily Wilcox placed Third in Presentation Management-Individual; junior
            Rita Bagala placed Fifth in Prepared Speech; sophomore Meisang Hong placed
            Second in Insurance Concepts; junior Amanda Rosa placed Fourth in Insurance
            Concepts; junior Sisowath Chea placed Second in Parliamentary

            Overall, it was a great weekend for all attending including
            Nicole Zapata and Devlin Higginbottom who competed in various events and
            participated in leadership workshops. Advisors Jill McNamara & Paul Weir
            look forward to the National Leadership Conference where students will continue
            to "Uncover Your Magic."

            Any LHS member is welcomed to join BPA by
            visiting Room 629 during any lunch period, or by attending the upcoming meetings
            on March 19, April 2 or April 30.


            LHS State Leadership Attendees

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