Zionsville BPA

Business Professionals of America

Business Professionals of America (BPA)

BPA is a co-curricular business club that further enhances our classes by providing students with a real-life, authentic learning environment that extends well beyond the classroom. BPA prepares students for the business world through the skills of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technology. One of the highlights of the organization are its leadership conferences, enabling students to network with both professionals and students, attend leadership workshops, and compete in events against other schools from around the area, state, and country in events based on the following business categories: Finance, Administration, Information Systems, Digital Communication, and Marketing.

Important Dates

December 16 - Packet & Payment for State DUE

January 7 - BPA Monthly Meeting

January 15 - Pre-Submissions DUE (see list below)

January 29 - "Free Throws for Free Chicken"

February 4 - BPA Monthly Meeting

February 12 - Torch Awards DUE

March 3 - BPA Monthly Meeting

March 6-8 - State Leadership Conference

*Help sessions will be available every Friday and non-PLC Tuesday before school at 7:30am in Room 604 for assistance in preparing for your contest leading up to State. Please make arrangements with business teachers outside of these dates for more individualized preparation and practice for your events.

*Events that need Pre-Submit (January 15): Economic Research Individual, Graphic Design Promotion, Video Production Team, Computer Modeling, Entrepreneurship, Interview Skills, Advanced Interview Skills, Prepared Speech.

District Leadership Conference Recap

On Saturday, December 5, 77 students from ZCHS competed in the BPA District Leadership Conference at Ben Davis University. Comments and results of our students exceeded all expectations. In all, 14 students placed first in their respective event, 14 placed second, and 13 placed third. Zionsville students swept the first five rankings in Human Resource Management and earned rankings 2nd through 9th in Entrepreneurship. All six of our teams placed in the top 3 in their team events as well! In all, 40 students qualified for advancement to the State Leadership Conference in March.
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BPA Torch Awards

Another recognition of students through BPA are the Torch Awards. Torch Awards are given to students who earn points through service, knowledge, community, etc. and complete the application. Students must accumulate 30 points in each of seven different categories to earn this award at the District Level. The following students earned a Torch Award at District: Katie Bakaysa, Sydney Beck, Dylon Chase, Maddy Hine, Brooke Latka, Sophia Metzger, Alex Morrison, Morgan Roe, Dominic Rossi, and Tyler Thimjon.

In order to receive the award at State, students must accumulate 50 points in each category.


The State Leadership Conference is held March 6-8 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott. Students will not only compete in events, but also participate in leadership workshops, networking opportunities, and other activities with schools from all around Indiana. Please look for more information regarding the conference in future newsletters.

ZCHS Business Education

The time is coming to schedule classes for the 2016-17 school year. The ZCHS Business Education department offers a wide array of classes that provide a specialized focus for every student's specific interest level. Teachers use personal experiences and industry expectations to produce authentic learning opportunities for all students. Enrollment and participation in business classes is for all students - not just those interested in studying business in college but for those striving to be successful as a citizen in life.

Classes offered include: Introduction to Business (dual credit), Intro to Accounting and Advanced Accounting (honors), Entrepreneurship (dual credit, honors), Sports Marketing, Principles of Management (honors), College & Careers, Digital Citizenship, Interactive Media, and Personal Finance.

Please see a business teacher to find the right class for you!