Anoka High Qualify for the National Leadership Conference in Virtual Events

By Laura BeMent-Jarosak

All three teams of the virtual Web Application Teams have advanced from Anoka High School!  Two volunteers from Medtronic work with them from September to February developing their technical skills.  It has been a great opportunity for the students to rub shoulders with employees that do what they want to do.  

In addition to this, five additional students have qualified for the national BPA conference through the software development web application event that Medtronic helps with.  It has been a great year with these kids, and we are hoping the new STEAM person will sign on to work with the Medtronic group in future years.

Business Professionals of America is the leading Career and Technical Student Organization for high school students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. BPA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

The Minnesota Secondary Association is part of a larger organization comprised of over 34,000 members from 23 United States and Puerto Rico. For more information about Minnesota BPA, please visit




The Benson Chapter held a food shelf drive on March 19-23 to help their local food shelf. Throughout the week, we collected 305.8 pounds of food as well as $37.  Photo at right shows the students with some of their collected items.  Keep up the good work Benson!


Following FLC, on Monday afternoon at about 3:45, seven Hancock students were bussed home in a school van when they were struck by a semi near Danvers, Minnesota. The seven students and the driver were all injured. One student walked away from the accident and was able to call 911. The driver and three other students were released within the next week. They suffered multiple injured associated with being thrown from the van, but have been released to recover at home.

The accident was devastating to the small community of Hancock. The entire K-12 population has 350 students with only 82 in the high school. Our BPA chapter decided to throw together a quick fundraiser, and did a One Minute Change Challenge at our pep fest that was sending the boy’s basketball team off to sections. We expected only a few hundred dollars. After the pep fest, we had about eight ice cream pails of coins and guessed we had about $400 or $500. When the bank called me and told us that we had raised $2076.62, we were ecstatic.  It was more than we could have possibly dreamed. The money will go directly to the families of the children. It is a proud day to be a Hancock Owl.

I am very proud of my BPA kids for throwing this together in such a short amount of time.

–Amy Dougherty, Hancock BPA advisor