Trumbull Career & Technical Center’s Broadcast News Team, consisting of juniors in the Interactive Multimedia Program, emerged as national champion in its competition at the Business Professionals of America 2013 National Leadership Conference, “Uncover Your Magic,” last month at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
The students joined more than 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. For the final judging, the Broadcast News Team was handed 30 stories pulled from the Associated Press wire and had two hours to prepare a three-minute news presentation, live on camera, before the judges.
The winning team members are Chandler Hodges, Justin Habraken, Ian Roberts and Chris Taylor.
Their instructor and adviser, Kristofer Doran, said their victory “is an extraordinary accomplishment. For four juniors to come out first in the nation shows the work and effort they put together as a team.”
TCTC’s Video Production Team, consisting of Sarah Ellis, Jalon Lee, Frank Carsone and Brianna Kester, placed among the top 12 in their competition, and Cassie Wagoner won sixth place for her presentation in the Digital Media Production competition.
Eligibility to compete at the national level was based on winning at the regional level last January, with career and tech schools from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties competing, and then placing, among the top two in state competition in April.
“The conference is the culmination of a school year’s worth of business education and technology training that members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at TCTC have received,” chapter adviser Maureen Martin said.
The following TCTC students also qualified to attend the conference: extemporaneous speech: Carter Brady; human resource management, Alex Klejka; prepared speech: Brian Howard; fundamentals of desktop publishing: Kaitlyn Wilson; advanced spreadsheet applications: Adam Learn; ambassador torch award winners: Justin Habraken, Kaytlyn Hess, Jordan Szabo, Roberta Lund and Andrew Anthony. Zack Wilcox is the national delegate.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle-school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school.