SLC 2018

Press Release 03/19/2018 (Contact: &


Congratulations to BREANNA BILDNER and SARAH SHREFFLER, two Hillsdale High School Juniors who will be competing in Dallas, Texas, May 9-13, 2018, at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference.  Breanna placed third in Advanced Word Processing, a timed test in which competitors prepare documents such as business letters, memos, reports, itineraries, mail merges, and more.  They have 60 minutes to type all the documents in proper form without mistakes. Shreffler also placed third in Desktop Publishing earning the opportunity to join Bildner in Texas. Sarah had 90 minutes to create a logo for an event and then use the logo on a postcard, an event program, and a business card.  The State Leadership Conference took place March 15-18 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids. At this conference, students participated in business related events and competed for the top spots.

Advisors Jenny Duff and Mindy Eggleston, celebrated their Ten Year Anniversary of coaching the Hornet BPA.  During that time, the club has grown from about 20 to 68 members this year -- the largest club in the high school.  Twenty-six students made the trip to Grand Rapids to compete against over 2,500 students from all across the state. Other notable finishes included our Website Design Team consisting of Bildner, Grace Olinger, Jayson Radabaugh, and Tori Robinson who placed 6th out of 20 teams. The team created a detailed website about the BPA Cares Program.  Freshman John Maier placed 8th in the very competitive Economic Research Project Individual. John had to research the economic impact of using public funds to build new single sport or multipurpose stadiums and decide whether the economic benefits of a new stadium would outweigh the costs. He had to write a paper and present his research. Freshman Ella Springer placed 8th in Desktop Publishing and Emily Kimball and Chloe Page placed 9th and 11th in  Advanced Office Systems, respectively. Three more freshmen placed in the top twenty of Fundamental Word Processing (Grace Shreffler 13th Place, Ella Springer 16th Place, and Sarah Korn 18th Place), and Lauren Baker finished 20th in Medical Office Procedures.

Twelve Hornets received the prestigious Statesman Torch Award. This award, given at the state level, requires 50 points in each Torch category. A Statesman is defined as "one who is a leader in the promotion of the public good and in national affairs." The following students were honored:  Kennedy Beach, Breanna Bildner, MaCayla Bisher, Braxten Boyd, Brylee Boyd, Taegan Hoffman, Emily Kimball, Ella Lewis, Anders Moore, Chloe Page, Shannon Petersen, and Sarah Shreffler.

Business Professionals of America is a dynamic youth organization which provides leadership and business opportunities for high school students to prepare them in their selection as they make decisions on their future careers.  The skills that students learn through participating in a variety of business experiences are beneficial and will help prepare them for a career in the workforce. Business Professionals of America is full of bright, young people wishing to enter a business professional career.  This beneficial organization is helping our youth to have a brighter future.