Rich East sophomore has the key to winning
April 4, 2013 11:42AM
Rich East High School sophomore Sarah Abbott is the Illinois Business Professionals of America state champion in keyboarding production. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:05AM
Sarah Abbott, a sophomore at Rich East High School in Park Forest, recently won the Illinois Business Professionals of America state championship in keyboarding production at the BPA state meet in Oak Brook.
Abbott qualified for the BPA nationals, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in May.
Abbott defeated students from more than 100 schools in the competition.
“It feels good to have won. I’m honored to go to nationals,” Abbott said.
Abbott also competed in legal office procedures and financial math, placing among the top 20 in those two events.
“She did very well,” Rich East coach Bob Frederick said. “She put in a lot of study time and put in a lot of practice time and that served her very well.”
Also competing for Rich East at state were Teagan Thompson in fundamental word processing, administrative support team; Anna Kurnat in fundamental word processing, administrative support team; Anna Farley in fundamental word processing, administrative support team; Gabrielle Hernandez in payroll accounting, desktop publishing; Rebecca Dorantes in legal office procedures, administrative support team; and Elyse Terrazas in medical procedures, keyboarding production. They placed among the top 25 competitors.
Frederick said the competition is “very intense.”
“All of them will be back next year, and they have this experience,” Frederick said. “They know more of what to expect and next year will be even better as they continue to study and practice.”