Twenty-nine future leaders from Indian River High School’s chapter of Business Professionals of America competed at the State Leadership Conference held Feb. 26 at the Dover Downs Conference Center.

IRHS students vied students statewide in events that included video production, advanced accounting, payroll accounting, business law and ethics and extemporaneous speech. Only the top few advanced to the BPA National Leadership Conference, scheduled for May 1-5 in Anaheim, California.

Ten Indian River High School students brought home trophies in eight separate team and individual events. Each earned a place on the Delaware delegation to the National Leadership Conference. These students were, first place, video production team, Josue Lopez, Jabes Lopez, Kayla Harant and Dane Shuart; first place, extemporaneous speech,

Gavin Clattenburg; first place, legal office procedures, Brooke Weaver; second place, legal office procedures, Morgan Bomhardt; second place, medical office procedures, Kate Timmons; fourth place, advanced accounting, Sarah Roehl; fourth place, business law and ethics, Morgan Bomhardt; and fifth place, payroll accounting, Sarah Roehl.

Additionally, seven students from IRHS were recognized for their service to the community through BPA’s Torch Awards program. The Torch Awards program provides structure and guidance to BPA members as they develop their leadership and networking skills through service to their chapter and the community at large. Students completed activities in the seven Torch categories: leadership; service; cooperation; knowledge; friendship; patriotism; and love, hope, faith.

Students earning recognition in the Torch Awards program were, diplomat level, Alexa Fitz, Kate Timmons and Colby Willey; and statesman level, Isaac Chandler, Misty Hickman, Luke Morgan and Brooke Weaver.

Students attended workshops and seminars including “Dress for Success,” “Behind the Scenes Tour (of Dover Downs),” “Introduction to AI and Machine Learning,” “The Power of Perception” and “Foundations of Investing.”

Cyber experts from JP Morgan Chase educated students in safe and secure online behaviors during the Cyberkidz workshop. Students created personal messages for pediatric patients at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital/Nemours Cardiology during the Hearts for Nemours Cardiology workshop.

Chapter officers Luke Morgan, Brooke Weaver and Morgan Bomhardt also cast votes for the 2019-20 BPA State Officer Leadership Team.