Morgan is one of six elected officers in Ohio“I know it sounds crazy, but Business Professionals of America (BPA) changed my life,” says Katie Morgan. “This organization has given me direction.” Now she’s returning the favor–the Amelia High School senior is this year’s Ohio BPA Historian, one of six elected state officers who lead the 9,000-student organization.
As Historian, she’s responsible for documenting the work of the BPA and its members throughout the year.
She also helps to plan the State Leadership Conference, which helps identify and train future leaders.
It’s a role she takes seriously. “I put in time on this position every day; I am representing BPA as a state officer and every action I take is a reflection of that.”
Morgan first became involved in BPA as a sophomore, when she began the Amelia/Great Oaks Business Management program. That year, she and Economic Research Team partner Makenzie Mullins placed first in regional competition and moved to the state level, where they place 11th. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get to walk on stage, but it only meant I should try harder for the next year.”
As a junior, she became the reporter for the local BPA chapter, and also tested her business skills against other students again. “I competed at the regional competitions again and placed first in Global Marketing Team and second in Banking and Finance. I chose to participate at state level for the second year with my teammates Makenzie Mullins and Brandon Cooper. We were successful and placed fifth out of the state and each received a medal.”
Her winning ways continued this year.
“I competed in the Global Marketing Team competition and Banking and Finance again. I was ecstatic to hear I placed first in both events.”
She’s also President of the Amelia BPA Chapter and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati, majoring in marketing.
She’s also in the running to be a national BPA officer; she will interview during March to be one of two Ohio candidates.
Morgan is grateful for the success she’s had through BPA, and wants to help others in the same way. “I want to start an organization for children in low-income areas that gives them a place to be involved and offers them opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to.”
In the meantime, she’s finishing her senior year of high school while staying busy as Amelia’s first BPA state officer. “This position has taught me that hard work pays off, and nothing can be achieved without it.”