Twenty-eight Keefe Regional Technical School students competed
in the annual BPA (Business Professionals of America) State Leadership Conference held in Framingham and Marlborough from March 2-4.
Of those, 20 students earned certificates in several competitions, winning 26 awards overall.
Junior Beatriz Alves was elected as an Officer-at-Large on the Massachusetts State Officer team.
Business Professionals of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. Thirteen Keefe Tech students will attend the BPA National Leadership Conference (NLC) to be held in Orlando, Florida from May 7 through May 12.
“Our students did very well and we got great feedback. Every one of our seniors qualified. They really raised the bar and we are so proud of them,” said Margaret Ellis, lead business technology teacher at Keefe and BPA co-advisor.
The following Keefe Tech students won awards in the top five in their competitions: Holliston: Cheyanne Brown, third place; Natick: Nicholas Castagnino, third place, John Curtin, two second place certificates and a third place certificate, Delson Da Silva, second place, Matthew Stacey, two second place certificates; Framingham: Maxine Colon, third place, Taynara DeOliveira, third place, Waleska Figueroa, second place, Raffaela Fitzpatrick, first place, Iara Lacerda, third place, Lucas Lemos, second place, Paola Reynoso, second place, Kelley Rivers, second place, Arielys Rosario, second place, Iracely Sanchez, first place and Natalia Torres, third place; Ashland: Jefferson Santana, third place, Nikita Simkhovich, fourth place, Taylor Simpson, second place, Patrick Stearns, second place.
Six students were recognized for their Torch Award achievements. The Torch Awards Program frames and guides a BPA member’s leadership and service to his or her chapter and community.
Students complete activities in seven torch categories – Leadership, Service, Cooperation, Knowledge, Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism.
Maxine Colon, Iracely Sanchez and Natalie Torres, all of Framingham, achieved the Executive Torch Award.
Lucas Lemos, Paola Reynoso and Arielys Rosario, all of Framingham, achieved the Higher Diplomat Torch Award.
Keefe senior, Iracely Sanchez of Framingham said “This conference was a great
experience. You have to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. I am very shy and am not comfortable with public speaking, and I competed in the presentation management category. I really had to push myself. I worked very hard and as a result, I have grown as a person. It felt great to win first place and know that hard work pays off.”
Keefe Regional Technical School is a four-year public high school located in Framingham. In addition to 15 career and technical programs, Keefe Tech offers a complete college preparatory and honors academic program to students from the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick.