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CTHS BPA Members attend National Conference in Boston

Local Students and Teacher Participate in National Leadership Conference

In Boston for Competition, Leadership Development and History Making Event


Students and an advisor of the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School’s Business Professionals of America Chapter participated in the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in Boston, MA. Two members from this chapter were among the approximate 6,000 students, advisors and guests from across the United States participating in the 50th National Leadership Conference.

The following students represented the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School’s chapter: Seth Cobb and Derek Young. Both of these students served as voting delegates for the state of Alaska and participated in two or more competitive events taking place throughout the week. The competitive events that these students participated in included: Advanced Spreadsheet Application, Intermediate Word Processing, Financial Math and Analysis, Fundamentals of Web Design, Information Technology Concepts, PC Servicing and Troubleshooting and Merit Scholar. The following Certiport third-party certifications were earned:


Seth Cobb:

Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013

Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2013


Derek Young

Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013

Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2013

Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop CC

Adobe Certified Associate Dreamweaver CC


The National Leadership Conference is a culmination of the hard work and effort put in by members throughout the year. It brings students from across the country together to participate, network and compete. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers, and tours of Boston sights and attractions! The highlights of the conference included the revival of legacy competitions such as typing and shorthand, a Golden Celebration at Fenway Park, setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, and the presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests.

“We wanted to celebrate this historic milestone for BPA by hosting a conference that 50-years from now our members can look back on and say they were a part of something amazing,” said Executive Director Kirk Lawson. “What better way to celebrate not only the past 50-years of our organization, but all the amazing accomplishments of our students and advisors than to hold the 50th National Leadership Conference in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” Mrs. Amy Riddle, local advisor at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School’s Chapter and the Alaska Association of BPA’s state advisor, stated, “It was such an honor to attend the 50th National Leadership Conference with these two seniors who represented our school, our chapter and the Alaska Association of BPA so well.”


About Business Professionals of America

Business Professionals of America, Inc. (BPA) is the leading career technical student organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, office administration, marketing and other related career fields. Established in 1966, BPA is an intra-curricular national membership organization dedicated to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. The organization serves secondary, post-secondary and middle level students and educators by offering programs based on national standards spanning five career pathways: finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication & design and management, marketing & communication.          


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