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Pine River-Backus High School business students tested their skills at the regional and state level Business Professionals of America (BPA) competitions.

The regional competition was Jan. 29 at M-State, Detroit Lakes. Rankings are noted for those who placed in the top 10 of each event. Each event had 20-plus competitors.

The following students competed in the Fundamental Accounting contest: Kendra Findley, Nick Gravdahl (ninth), Lucas McCoy (third), Ariel Ronneberg (seventh), Shane Sepin and Taylor Tulenchik (10th).

The following students competed in the Payroll Accounting contest: Findley (10th), Gravdahl (fourth), Lucas McCoy, Ariel Ronneberg and Taylor Tulenchick.

In the Interview Skills competition, Shane Sepin placed fifth, and Trevor Johnson placed 10th. In the Advanced Interview competition, Bethanie Greene placed third, and Lillian Wieman placed fourth.

Gravdahl (Payroll Accounting), Greene (Advanced Interview Skills) and McCoy (Fundamental Accounting) placed to qualify for the state level competition. These students competed at the State BPA Conference March 5-7 in Minneapolis.

Greene advanced to the finals round for Advanced Interview Skills and finished in 11th place. Gravdahl finished fifth for Payroll Accounting and will advance to the national level BPA Conference in Indianapolis in early May.

BPA is a national student organization for students preparing for careers in business. The organization consists of local chapters in secondary and post-secondary institutions all across the country. The mission of BPA is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class work force through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.

Through the BPA Workplace Skills Assessment Program, more than 60 contests are offered in four categories: Financial Services; Administrative Support; Information Technology; and Management, Marketing and Human Resources. By providing a comprehensive program of regional, state and national competition the organization develops, measures and recognizes the business and office skills, leadership abilities and chapter team efforts that members are working on in the classroom. Participating students fundraise to pay for attending the leadership conferences and competitions.

The Pine River-Backus BPA chapter is led by business instructor Kyle Bergem.

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