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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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