Sarah Abbott, Rich East High School Business Professionals of America State Champ

Sarah Abbott Rich East BPA State Champ 2013
Sarah Abbott, Rich East sophomore and Illinois Business Professionals of America state champion in Keyboarding Production. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Rich East sophomore Sarah Abbott last weekend won the Illinois Business Professionals of America State Championship in Keyboarding Production at the BPA State Meet in Oak Brook. In doing so, Abbott also qualified for the BPA Nationals which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in May.

Abbott defeated students from more than 100 schools in the competition.

“It feels good to have won. I’m honored to go to nationals,” Abbott said.

Abbott also competed in legal office procedures and financial math, but did not place among the top 10 necessary to advance to nationals. She was, however, among the top 20 in those two events.

“She did very well,” said Rich East coach Bob Frederick. “She put in a lot of study time and put in a lot of practice time and that served her very well.”

Also competing for the Rockets at state were Teagan Thompson (fundamental word processing, administrative support team); Anna Kurnat (fundamental word processing,  administrative support team); Anna Farley (fundamental word processing, administrative support team; Gabrielle Hernandez (payroll accounting, desktop publishing); Rebecca Dorantes (legal office procedures, administrative support team); and Elyse Terrazas, (medical procedures, keyboarding production). The other Rockets all placed among the top 25 but to go to nationals, competitors had to place among the top 10.

“They all did pretty well,” Frederick said. “The competition is very  intense. All of them will be back next year, and they have this experience. They know more of what to expect and next year will be even better as they continue to study and practice.”