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Eight BPA Members Attend Cotton’s Final National Leadership Conference

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Ashley Tait, Ketochi Editor

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Eight Cascade BPA students recently attended the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Dallas.  The event was bittersweet, as the Cascade chapter and its members were honored with several awards, but it also marked the final National Conference attended by long-time Cascade BPA adviser Linda Cotton, who is retiring after 44 years in the classroom.

From May 8-13, senior Kelli Ober, juniors Kendra Anderson and Megan Smith, sophomores Riley Bricker, Ryan Bogden, Taylor Brown, and Ashley Wilson, along with lone freshman Kaden Shelton, accompanied their steadfast adviser to Dallas, where they attended meetings, took part in competitions, and did some sightseeing around the historic city.

Bogden and Shelton competed in computer animation, Ober, Anderson, Bricker, and Brown took part in the parliamentary procedure competition, Wilson took on entrepreneurship, and Ober gave her best shot in human resources management.  Though none of the teams or individuals placed at the national level, each had to qualify in an extremely competitive state conference in March.

While they weren’t busy with competitions, Cotton and crew took in the Fort Wayne Stockyards, AT&T Dallas Stadium, the Sixth Floor Kennedy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and Six Flags Theme Park.

Below is a list of national awards garnered by Cascade BPA students:

Cascade BPA Chapter: Outstanding Achievement Award – Safety Awareness for Red Ribbon Week

Cascade BPA Chapter: Chapter Activities Award of Excellence

Ambassador Award Winners: Brooke Hanson, Becca Gerard, Kelsey Lappier, Ashtyn Schlotter, Savannah Spurzem, Zachary Douglas, Kelli Ober, Kendra Anderson, Megan Smith, Riley Bricker

The students and their advisor would like to thank the community for their support of this opportunity.  

The winners of the “Off to Nationals” raffle are: Fly Rod (donated by Trout Montana) – Ashtyn Clinger; $50 gas card (donated by Tom’s) – Keith Luoma; 25 lbs. beef – ($100 value) – Colton Anderson; Regulation Basketball Hoop – Arlene Kelly; Keurig Coffee Maker and coffee packets – Joline Anderson; Night’s stay at the Heritage Inn – Scott Mcallister; Dewalt 8-piece metric wrench set from Pro Build – DJ Robinson; Movies, McDonald’s, Pizza and Ice Cream package – Colton Anderson;j Gardening Basket – Taylor Brown; Doterra diffuser and oils – DJ Robinson; Yatzee/Farkle Lawn Dice Set – Heather Bricker; Family back to school package (boy and girl) – Kristina Aguilor; 6-foot Christmas tree and lights – Kathy Gebhardt; Picture frame package – Joanne Vinson; Customized plasma sign – Mike Brown; Barbed Wire Wreath (#1) – April Pepos; Barbed Wire Wreath (#2) – Tom Weems; Barbed Wire Wreath (#3) – Scott Smith; Cordless Drill from Johnson-Madison Lumber – Joline Anderson; Walnut wooden meat and cheese tray – Jeff Wilson; Oil Change from Big O Tires – Taylor Brown; $50 Gift Certificate from Bloom and Bean – Dave Dobbins; Gift Certificate for Godfather’s Pizza – Bobbi Brown; Two Personalized Mouse Pads – Taylor Brown

 

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