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Several BPA Members Advance to National Conference

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Longtime Cascade BPA adviser Linda Cotton (center), who is retiring after four-plus decades in education, poses with her final class of senior BPA members (l-r): Ashtyn Schlotter, Brooke Hanson, Savannah Spurzem, Kelsey Lappier, Kelli Ober, Becca Gerard, Kara Lorance, Krista Cope, Josh Pepos, and Zach Douglas.

Longtime Cascade BPA adviser Linda Cotton (center), who is retiring after four-plus decades in education, poses with her final class of senior BPA members (l-r): Ashtyn Schlotter, Brooke Hanson, Savannah Spurzem, Kelsey Lappier, Kelli Ober, Becca Gerard, Kara Lorance, Krista Cope, Josh Pepos, and Zach Douglas.

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Longtime Cascade BPA adviser Linda Cotton (center), who is retiring after four-plus decades in education, poses with her final class of senior BPA members (l-r): Ashtyn Schlotter, Brooke Hanson, Savannah Spurzem, Kelsey Lappier, Kelli Ober, Becca Gerard, Kara Lorance, Krista Cope, Josh Pepos, and Zach Douglas.

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Members of the Cascade BPA chapter recently traveled to Billings for the 52nd annual Montana State Leadership Conference. At this conference, members compete in their events, attend sessions and workshops, and have the opportunity to participate in a Special Olympics Walk and Rally.

The conference started Sunday morning with competitions at the Montana State University-Billings campus. After competing, members headed back to the convention center for the opening session. At this session, the state officer candidates gave short speeches and members learned about setting goals from the keynote speaker, Tuff Harris, a retired professional football player. The following morning started with various workshops and more competitions. In the afternoon, the state officer team led a Special Olympics Walk that was followed by a Respect Rally put on by Special Olympics of Montana.

The conference ended Tuesday morning with an awards presentation and preview of the National State Leadership Conference, which will be held in Dallas, TX this May. The following is the results from the conference:

Entrepreneurship: Kelli Ober-3rd, Ashley Wilson-5th, Krista Cope-11th , Becca Gerard-12th

Computer Animation Team:Ryan Bogden and Kaden Shelton- 1st

Human Resource Management: Kelli Ober – 3rd

Parliamentary Procedure Team: Becca Gerard, Kelli Ober, Kara Lorance, Zach Douglas, Riley Bricker, and Taylor Brown – 1st

Broadcast News: Kendra Anderson and Megan Smith – 3rd

PC Servicing & Troubleshooting: Daniel Benefiet – 7th

C++ Programming: Seth Gutierrez – 2nd, Daniel Benefiet – 4th

Small Business Management: Zach Douglas and Josh Pepos – 6th, Riley Bricker, Taylor Brown, and Ashley Wilson – 12th

Video Production Team: Dillon Shipp and David Le – 9th

Presentation Management Team: Kelsey Lappier and Kendra Anderson – 6th

Global Marketing Team: Georgia Mortag, MacKenzie Wombold, and Madison Wilson – 7th

Digital Media Production: Alexis Marko-7th

Kara Lorance, Madison Wilson, Seth Gutierrez, Jean Blackman, Taylor Brown, and Dillon Shipp were awarded with their Statesman Torch Award and this conference. The chapter also received the Silver Star Award for Chapter Development. “The Cascade chapter had amazing success at state.   I am, and always have been, very thankful to be lucky enough to be their adviser.  Many schools hope to get one student on stage – the Cascade chapter had 15.  I’m proud of the 15 that were honored on stage at the awards ceremony and very proud of those who put in the hard work required to make it to state,” said the adviser, Linda Cotton.

Congratulations to all who competed and will be advancing on to nationals!

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