TCTC Students Place 1st, 2nd and 3rd at National Leadership Competition

WARREN, Ohio — Three teams of students from Trumbull Career & Technical Center placed first, second and third at the 2021 National Leadership Competition hosted by the Business Professionals of America.

The national competition took place virtually from April 26 to May 9. During the awards ceremony, juniors and seniors from TCTC’s interactive multimedia program were honored.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for our students to place this high at nationals. I’m really proud of them and the quality of work they produce,” said TCTC program instructor Kristofer Doran. “The BPA National Leadership Conference is equally competitive to any sport or extracurricular competition at the high school level. To achieve something like this makes them all the more employable after graduation or prepared for further education.”

Seniors Mikayla Bloom, Champion High School, Breanna Bucci, LaBrae High School, Darren King, Lakeview High School, and Dominic Vehar, Mathews High School, took first place for Virtual Branding (Best of Show).

Bloom and Vehar joined juniors Kaitlyn Beach, Newton Falls High School, and Olivia Gray, LaBrae High School, on the computer animation team, which placed second.

Third place for Virtual Branding was awarded to a team of juniors: Andrea Angel and Tara Wertz from Warren G. Harding High School, and Emma Ross, Champion High School.

BPA is a career and technical student organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields, according to a press release. Students are presented with opportunities to learn and achieve through skills competitions at the local, state and national levels.

Pictured: Mikayla Bloom, a senior at Champion High School, joined computer animation teammates Olivia Gray, LaBrae High School, and Dominic Vehar, Mathews High School, during the virtual award ceremony where they placed second. Not pictured is Kaitlyn Beach, Newton Falls High School. Bloom and Vehar were also part of the first place Virtual Branding (Best of Show) team, which included Breanna Bucci, LaBrae High School, and Darren King, Lakeview High School.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.