Techniques Magazine Techniques Magazine May 2011 : Page 17

BY SUSAN REESE “ If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Those words from one of our founding fathers, John Quincy Ad -ams, could perfectly describe the advisers and students of our Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). Students who participated in CTSOs have gone on to become leaders in business, education and public service in our nation. Among former CTSO members are university presidents, governors, U.S. Congressmen and Senators, and a former President of the United States, FFA member Jimmy Carter. Who are the students of today’s CTSOs, and what great destinies are in store for them? Just learning a little about the national officers of our CTSOs brings hope for the future of our nation. Business Professionals of america Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Secondary President Brian Kelleher is a freshman at the University of Delaware, where he is studying politi-cal science and economics with a minor in legal studies. He previously served as the national treasurer of the Secondary Division. For the past six years, he has been an active member of BPA from the middle level all the way to postsecondary. He has served as an officer on the local and state levels as well. He is a three-time Ambassador Torch Award Recipient, two-time Member Recruiter of the Year, a BPA Merit Scholar, and a WeSeed Social Circle Challenge winner. In high school, Kelleher served as class president and president of Students Against Destructive Decisions. He was also involved in the National Honor Society, Math League, and Mock Trial. Kelleher is majoring in political science in hopes of attaining a joint MBA/JD, and one day becoming a successful corporate lawyer. Kelleher says, “Through BPA I have gained the ability, knowledge and know-how to appropriately conduct myself www.acteonline.org in a professional setting while exceeding the expectations of those I am serving.” BPA College/Postsecondary President Micah Hopper joined BPA in 2008 and has been active in leadership ever since. He has served as local chapter president, state president and now the national president. He has received the Ambas-sador Award and has placed in the top 10 each year at Nationals in his competitive events. He has been active in his commu-nity as an assistant speech coach, volun-teer assistant football coach, youth group leader, advisory member of the Economic Development Authority and through Big Buddies. In addition to being a father of three small children as well as a foster daughter, Hopper is a business owner and attends Minnesota West Community and Tech-nical College in Jackson as a full-time student. He will have numerous computer degrees after graduating, as well as a busi-ness degree, all of which will help him in his computer consulting business. “BPA has given me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them grow as leaders,” Hopper says. “It has also given me the leadership experi-ence that I was looking for to be a success-ful business owner.” Kelleher says, ”Through BPA I have gained the ability, knowledge and know-how to appropriately conduct myself in a professional setting while exceeding the expectations of those I am serving.” PhOTO COURTESY OF BPA Brian Kelleher, Business Professionals of America, National Secondary President DECa DECA High School Division President Kurtis Conkel, a graduate of Lincoln East High School, in Lincoln, Nebraska, began his DECA involvement during his freshman year. He was the vice president of public relations for East DECA and won the state conference in restaurant and food service management (RFSM) dur-ing his junior year. He served as the vice president of alumni collegiate DECA ser-vices for Nebraska DECA, also winning at the state conference in RFSM at the beginning of his senior year. At Lincoln East High School and in the community of Lincoln, Conkel has been involved in the Lincoln East Student Council, the “BPA has given me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them grow as leaders,” Hopper says. “It has also given me the leadership experience that I was looking for to be a successful business owner.” PhOTO COURTESY OF BPA PhOTO BY ISTOCK.COM Micah hopper, Business Professionals of America, National College/Postsecondary President Ma Y 2011 Techniques 17

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