SLC 2017


Business Professionals of America is one of Hillsdale High School’s most popular clubs boasting over 60 members.  The Hornet BPA competed at regionals in January and 30 students qualified to attend the State Leadership Conference & Competition at the Amway Grand Plaza, in Grand Rapids. The 45th Annual BPA SLC was held March 16-19.

Leading the way for the Hornets were Alexis Higgins and Emma Shreffler.  Alexis competed in Digital Media Production and Graphic Design Promotion. She had to create a one-to-two (1-2) minute digital media production with consistent theme and slogan and develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, and then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer for Dallas, Texas. Higgins placed 3rd and 8th respectively in these competitions.  Regarding her accomplishment, she said, “I was really not expecting it. I’m so excited to represent Hillsdale High School in Orlando though.”

The Business Professionals of America's Torch Awards Program is designed to promote professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth. Students complete activities in seven Torch categories—Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism—and log their activities in an online Torch Résumé. Shreffler and Higgins have earned Executive, Diplomat, and Statesman Torch Awards in 2016 and 2017.  Both young women are candidates for the top award—Ambassador Torch Award at nationals.

            Other notable finishes for the Hornets included the Administrative Support Team of Abby Baxter, Kennedy Beach, MaCayla Bisher, and Chloe Page who placed 10th in the state, Emily Kimball who placed 11th in Basic Office Systems, and Breanna Bildner who placed 12th in Intermediate Word Processing.

Higgins and Shreffler will join twelve middle school students in Orlando to compete May 10-14.