students posing with awards

Our Broadcasting & Video Production, Business Professional & Office Technology and Marketing & Entrepreneurship students recently competed in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competition both virtually and in Columbus. BPA is the leading Career-Technical Student Organization for young people pursuing careers in business, finance, marketing and information technology. Ohio boasts the largest statewide chapter in the United States with over 10,000 members in 18 regions. Nationally, BPA has over 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters across 23 states. BPA competitions give students the chance to demonstrate the skills they have mastered in their career-technical training programs.

Over 2,500 young people from around Ohio competed in this year’s statewide events. Twenty Polaris students qualified to compete at the National BPA competition in Anaheim, California, on April 26-30, 2023. Three Polaris Business Professional & Office Technology students won state titles in their respective events. Tess Blain, a senior from Olmsted Falls High School, placed first in the integrated office applications event. Rachel Delap, an Olmsted Falls junior, took top honors in advanced office systems & procedures. Riley Wilson, a Brooklyn High School senior, grabbed the top spot in personal financial management. Below is a summary of all the Polaris Business Professional & Office Technology students who qualified to compete in Anaheim:

Tess Blain, Senior, Olmsted Falls, Integrated Office Applications, 1st Place

Rachel Delap, Junior, Olmsted Falls, Advanced Office Systems & Procedures, 1st Place

Riley Wilson, Senior, Brooklyn, Personal Financial Management, 1st Place


Samantha VanHove, Junior, Strongsville, Presentation Management – Individual, 2nd Place

Mason Fiorilli, Senior, North Olmsted, Banking & Finance, 3rd Place


Addison Loescher, Junior, Fairview, Economic Research – Individual, 3rd Place

Logan Gomez, Senior, Olmsted Falls, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, 3rd Place


Anya Dobos, Junior, Olmsted Falls, Fundamental Word Processing, 5th Place

Ryleigh Schmitz, Senior, Berea-Midpark, Advanced Office Systems & Procedures, 5th Place


BPA also offers national virtual competitions.  The following students placed in the top 10 in their events and will represent Polaris at nationals. 

Broadcasting & Video Production Program (Polaris program located at Berea-Midpark High School): 

Chawasorn Pornpiboon, Junior, Virtual Multimedia & Promotion Individual Competition, Top 10


Business Professional & Office Technology Program: 

Financial Portfolio Management Team #1, Top 10

Mason Fiorilli, Senior, North Olmsted

Logan Gomez, Senior, Olmsted Falls


Financial Portfolio Management Team #2, Top 10

Addison Loescher, Junior, Fairview

Olivia Callahan, Junior, Brooklyn

Veera Patel, Junior, Berea-Midpark

Julie Beshara, Junior, Strongsville


Financial Portfolio Management Team #3, Top 10

Samantha VanHove, Junior, Strongsville

Jessica Paracsi, Junior, Fairview

Braeden Mueller, Junior, Olmsted Falls

Steven Goodnough, Junior, Olmsted Falls


Marketing & Entrepreneurship Program (Polaris program located at Berea-Midpark High School): 

Virtual Branding Team Competition, Top 10

Brayden Cupach, Junior

llyanna Egans, Senior


Virtual Branding Team Competition, Top 10

Bradley Hiros, Junior

Laila Farsane, Senior

Congratulations to all our state champs and awards winners! Best of luck at nationals!