Seven FHS students advance to BPA state

Farmington High School will be well represented at the Business Professionals of America State Conference, a competitive event geared to develop competence in business and office occupations and grow student leadership skills.

Seven students advanced from the regional competition to the state event March 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Scott Atkinson, Denver Robinson and Josh Mikiska were part of the second-place broadcast news production team. Tyler Bade took second in computer modeling and third in banking and finance. Nick Durrence (keyboarding production), Bobby Bergstad (basic office procedures) and Sadie LaPlante (payroll accounting) all placed fifth.

Special recognition went to Sam Gallagher and Hannah Toomey (small business management team, 10th place), LaPlante (banking and finance, 10th place; financial math & analysis, ninth place), Ty Garcelon (insurance concepts, third place) and Bergstad (insurance concepts, sixth place).

More than 250 students representing eight schools competed in the Region 1 competition Jan. 28 at Eden Prairie High School. Wayzata, Eden Prairie, Hutchinson, Buffalo, Annandale, Glencoe-Silver Lake, and Watertown-Mayer also took part in the regional competition.