Tallmadge High School business teacher Kim Brendel's students attended the Business Professionals of America Competition Ceremony Feb. 7 at Barberton High School.

"Fall business students worked very hard on real-world business projects in class for one month before presenting their work to industry leaders in December," said Brendel. "These contests included starting their own business -- which included creating a website, writing a business plan and presenting the original idea, exploring and presenting international opportunities for a manufacturing firm and writing a marketing plan, overseeing the human resources department of a company, and restructuring a current business with fresh ideas to make the company more profitable."

First Place, Human Resource Management: Emma Brown

First Place, Small Business Management: Jamie McGhee, Alyssa Garbinsky, Lydia Scherer and Courtney Shyjka

First Place, Individual Presentation Management: Alexis Swain

First Place, Fundamental Spreadsheets: Sarina Layton

Second Place, Small Business Management: Ross Haught and Peyton Ridenour

Second Place, Global Marketing Management Team: Dajana Saric, Alexa Sebastiani and Sam Stilley

Second Place, Human Resources Management: Jake Major

Second Place, Fundamental Spreadsheets: Angelo Mariola

Second Place, Entrepreneurship: Devon Manning

Second Place, Prepared Speech: Chris DiPuccio

Third Place, Entrepreneurship: Lillie Gibson

Third Place, Prepared Speech: Brooke Surface

Fourth Place, Prepared Speech: Skye Thomas

Current finance and management students who will be advancing to state competition on March 16 and 17 in Columbus are sophomore Sarina Layton, juniors Angelo Mariola and Ross Haught and seniors Emma Brown, Dajana Saric, Alexa Sebastiani and Alexis Swain. National BPA competitions will be held in Orlando, Fla., in May. Brendel is the teacher and advisor.