By Dawn Hatfield
GREENVILLE – A team of Greenville High School students heads to The Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, State Leadership Conference [SLC] on Thursday, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Resuming in-person competition for the first time since the pandemic began, students are eager to take on the challenge.
According to bpa.org, “The Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, State Leadership Conference brings together competitors, business and industry partners, advisors and suppliers to provide Ohio career technical training students with the opportunity to showcase their leadership skills development and career-related skills… The State Leadership Conference is the highlight of the Ohio Association’s year and helps more than 2,000 members achieve these goals.
The Greenville High School team consists of Koller Winterrowd (senior), Million Bryant (senior), Owen Snyder (senior) and Brock Short (junior).
After placing first in regionals, Winterrowd, also an Ohio BPA state officer, explained that the team’s area of expertise is financial analysis. “As a team or a group, we go through the financial statements of a company that they give us and we come up with solutions. For example, if they are losing money in their sales, we give them a new way to increase sales,” Winterrowd said. “It takes a lot of innovation and math,” he added.
Bpa.org describes the financial analyst team competition as “the use of analytical and problem-solving skills to make decisions and recommendations using financial reports, both internal and external. The team analyzes and interprets the reports of a business case study. »
Winterrowd and Bryant return to the team for their second year. In 2021, their team made it all the way to the Nationals, placing seventh.
When asked what led him to join the team, Short said, “I actually heard about this class from Million. He told me about their experience of going to nationals and maybe [going again]. This year the Nationals are in Texas, and the opportunity to travel like that with this group would be great.
Adding to the lure of potentially winning national championships, Snyder said, “I thought it would be a really cool experience…it’s really a one-of-a-kind thing.”
Looking ahead to Thursday’s competition, the team is confident. Bryant said: “I think we are well prepared. Our PowerPoint and financial data are all fixed. We took feedback from our judges on how we should improve our PowerPoint, and adjusted. Now I think we’re going pretty strong. With experience [we] with stuff like that, we know what it takes to win in this competitive arena.
Winterrowd said: “Looking back to last year, I will say that our presentation and our team, I think, is stronger than before. We have a very good chance, I believe.
“Our chemistry between all of us is pretty good too,” Bryant said. Winterrowd agreed: “We can definitely bounce back [great ideas] one another.
Bryant then lit up and said, “It’s more of a passionate competition…I know there are other people we’re going to be playing against who are just as passionate as I am. It’s about who’s going to be mentally strong when we go in front of the judges, because, you know, the judges can be scary.
Dawn Hatfield covers education stories for The Daily Advocate. Have a school-related event to share? Inquire by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 937-569-0066.