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Paynesville Press - March 13, 2002

BPA students compete at state

By Michael Jacobson

BPA students Eleven PAHS students competed in the Business Professionals of America state competition over the weekend in Minneapolis.

Senior Jen Bruntlett placed second in the state in accounting and qualified for the national competition in Chicago in May.

Sophomore Melissa Andrie placed fourth in verbal prepared and is an alternate to nationals.

Pictured at right: (front) Kayla Flanders, Kim Nelson, Jacqie Utsch, Melissa Andrie and Maureen Flanders (back) Crystal Songetay, Melissa Katzer, Jen Monson, Mallory Mackedanz, and Heidi Schmitt. Not pictured is Jen Bruntlett.

The chapter, which would have to pick up the travel expenses, is not sure if it can attend nationals, said advisor Becky Hoey.

Two other PAHS students placed at state, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. Sophomore Maureen Flanders placed seventh in verbal prepared and ninth in digital media production. Senior Jacqie Utsch placed ninth in the state in administrative support concepts.

The district competition was held at Alexandria Technical College in January. Taking first were: Andrie (verbal prepared), Flanders (digital media production), and Crystal Songetay (extemporaneous speech).

Taking second were: Flanders (verbal prepared), Melissa Katzner (entrepreneur), and Heidi Schmitt, Kim Nelson, Kayla Flanders, and Jen Monson (website development team).

Taking third were: Bruntlett (accounting and application/interview), Katzner (extemporaneous speech), and Jessica Lang and Mindy Meagher (economic research project team).

Taking sixth were: Mallory Mackedanz (computerized accounting), Kelli Heinen (integrated office applications), and Monson (desktop publishing).

Competing at state were: Andrie, Bruntlett, Kayla Flanders, Maureen Flanders, Melissa Katzner, Mallory Mackedanz (chapter vice president), Monson, Nelson, Schmitt, Songetay, and Utsch (chapter president).

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