Martinsville BPA, DECA head to nationals

By | April 15, 2018

2018 national competition in April and May 2018

The MSD of Martinsville will have students from Martinsville High School and John R Wooden Middle School participating.

MHS DECA students participated in the state career development conference March 4 to 6 at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.

Of those participants, the team of Beau Weston and Alexis Teckenbrock will be competing in hospitality services team decision making. Ally Staley and Karissa Wampler will be participating in leadership development.

Their national competition, the International Career Development Conference, is from April 21 to 25 in Atlanta, Georgia.

BPA contests

Martinsville High School BPA and John R. Wooden Middle School BPA students participated in the state leadership conference from March 11 to 13 at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.

Jade Schubert will be competing in legal office procedures and Libby Lafary in keyboarding production.

BPA national competition, the National Leadership Conference, will be from May 9 to 13 in Dallas, Texas.

Hard work pays off

These students were the best of the best in the State of Indiana and will not only be representing the MSD of Martinsville in their national events but the state of Indiana as well. They have worked very hard all year long in order to make it to this level.

All DECA and BPA members participate in a variety of fundraising events as well as sponsor and/or host other events for the community.

Not only do they volunteer their time at events such as Artie Fest, For Bare Feet and Safe Trick-or-Treat, they spend a very long 10 days at the Morgan County Fair managing their booth, which makes Tiny’s famous pizza subs for the public to enjoy during all of the festivities at the fair.

Many students become future business leaders and entrepreneurs in our community. They spent their high school careers participating and growing in these two academic clubs which provide skills found nowhere else. While the two organizations share similarities, they are different in the type of skills offered.

It has been a privilege to watch these students grow professionally and mature individually; all from DECA and/or BPA participation.

MHS has a rich history of students who were members while in school. Professionally, our graduates have become entrepreneurs to now multi-million dollar businesses, own local businesses, are long-time employees of local banks.

In addition, DECA/BPA student members are now lawyers and doctors. They wouldn’t be where they are without the support they received then and our current students wouldn’t be where they are without the involvement of the community.

How to help

Students need your help getting to nationals. If you are interested in helping these students offset their costs for nationals — approximately $1,000 per student — please contact Marcy Hankins at Martinsville High School by calling765-342-5571 x 4021 or at

Every penny counts and when you start adding up airfare, hotel stay and throw in a fun activity for them while they are there, it does add up quickly.

They will get a chance to meet other students from all over the country while they are there and simultaneously gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience unlike any in which they have ever participated.

Please help cultivate the leadership of tomorrow’s Martinsville by supporting these distinguished organizations

Hankins is the student advisor and will accompany the students on their trip to Nationals.