Sixteen Plainview High School students competed last month in the Texas Business Professionals of America’s state leadership conference in Fort Worth.

The students were recognized last week during a regular Plainview ISD School Board meeting.

The contests tests skills that could be used in the workforce, like personal financial management, finance, desktop publishing, etc.

Tasha Hughes, program sponsor, said it teaches helpful skills for those interested in a business management career.

The team competed in March at the state competition and two individuals qualified to compete at the national contest, which is set for next week.

Jovany Dominguez placed 1st in Advanced Spreadsheet and will compete at Nationals. Shirin Harleston placed 7th in Business Law and Ethics earning her a trip as a national alternate.

Hughes noted that several students earned Statesman Torch Awards for their involvement in activities and service projects. Those recognized with this award include: Harleston, Dominguez, Mackinzie Blackerby, Kylie Hudson, Oemia Gonzalez and Kelsie Valdez.

Gonzalez was also named the Area 4 Statesman of the Year, which is a high honor to recognized her outstanding work.

Other students recognized include:

Samantha Rosas (Basic Office Systems competitor)

Mackinzie Blackerby (Integrated Office competitor)

Oemia Gonzalez (Linux competitor)

Kylie Hudson (Payroll Accounting competitor)

Alyssa Castillo (Personal Financial Management competitor)

Kayson Spann (Banking and Finance competitor)

Seth Hernandez (Desktop Publishing competitor)

Annie Ritchey (Spreadsheet competitor)

Saxon Scarborough (Python Programming competitor)

Axell Ibarra (Advanced Office Systems competitor)

Zach Collins (Computer Security competitor)

Joel Flores (Device Configuration and Troubleshooting competitor)

Sergio Lara (Database Applications competitor)