MARLBOROUGH PATCH — At the recent State Leadership Competition for Business Professionals of America, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School had 17 students grab medals and several students place well in their chosen categories.
In Small Business Management Team, the group comprised of Jordan Correia, Clinton, Jonathan Leone, Shrewsbury, Juliza Rodriguez, Hudson, and Barry White, Westborough, were awarded Gold Medals, while the Presentation Management Team of Samantha Medeiros and Lauren True, from Hudson, Ghislaine Morris, from Clinton, and Victoria Silva, West Boylston, also earned Gold Medals. Jessica Salles, from Clinton, took home the Gold Medal for Medical Office Procedures. These nine students, and Matthew DeWar, from West Boylston, who was elected to be Vice President of BPA at the state level, will travel with advisors Mary Miller and Donna Groccia to Orlando, FL (Disney) for the National Conference from May 10-14 this year.
Other students placed well for Assabet, too, said the announcement, but the school only sends the Gold Medal recipients to the national competition. Dewar earned a Silver Medal in Prepared Speech, but will not compete at nationals. The Small Business Management Team comprised of Brian Bates and Troy O’Connor, both from Hudson, with Ryan Kirsch from Marlborough, earned a Fourth Place ribbon, Lais Cerqueira, from Marlborough, earned Fifth Place in Advanced Interview Skills, and Victoria Silva earned Fifth Place in Interview Skills. Additionally, Olivia Clark, from Maynard, earned Fifth Place in Presentation Management Individual, and Hailey Brinn and Holly Van Wie, both from Shrewsbury, earned Fifth Place in Broadcast News Production Team.
There were other competition events and categories at the State Leadership Competition that are only held at the state level, and are not continued at the national level. In these, again, Assabet had a strong showing. Ghislaine Morris was awarded Pin Design 3rd Place, Hailey Brinn won Cover Design 2nd Place, closely followed by Brian Bates with Cover Design 3rd Place.
Victoria Silva brought home the Gold Medal in the Writing Contest, Hetzy Cor Diaz, from Marlborough, under Community Service, won both 1st Place with her “Big Hope for Little Heroes” and 3rd Place for her “Valentine’s Party,” while Lauren True snagged 2nd Place with “Developing a Dance Team.” In Administrative Support Concepts at the Open Level, Lauren True earned 3rd Place while Victoria Silva came home with the 5th Place ribbon.
“We were very proud of our students, not just with all the medals they won, but with how professional and dedicated they were throughout the event. Mrs. Miller and I are really looking forward to traveling to Orlando with the ten students that qualified, and, hopefully, Assabet will have a strong showing there as well,” commented Groccia in a statement.
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