BPA Nationals and Classroom Spotlights

BPA Rangers Head to National Competition

For the past several years, Mrs. Kara Myers has not only led our business courses, but also our BPA Program. For those who are not familiar with BPA, BPA stands for Business Professionals of America which is a career technical program quoted as, “A student organization dedicated to the preparation of global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic & technological skills.” Students get the chance to compete in various competitions, become officers that lead community events, and advance basic fundamental life skills. Senior Isaiah Bolyard and sophomore U-sa Vayavong have worked vigorously over the course of this school year as BPA competitors and both recently accomplished an outstanding achievement in receiving first place in their presentation categories in order to qualify for the national BPA competition.

Isaiah explained that there are usually a very broad range of topics to choose from, each meeting a person’s skills and interests. Isaiah stated, “I chose ‘Extemporaneous Speech’ which, by definition means ‘spoken or done without preparation.’ You receive two topics on the spot, choose which one you would like to present with, prepare for ten minutes, and give a speech based off of that prompt from two to four minutes total. This requires a student to be witty and work well ‘on their toes,’ a drastic difference from the prepared competitions other students participate in. Fun fact: Extemporaneous Speech is currently the ONLY fully un-prepared event in BPA.”

U-sa stated, “I competed in the ‘Entrepreneurship’ which is where students have to create a business plan for a start-up company. My objective is to present my business to potential investors in hopes of securing a loan or any other investments. If you think about it, it’s a bit like Shark Tank.”

When asked to reflect on their journey to the state BPA competition, U-sa said, “Before I made it to states, I had to make it past regionals. For the first term, I had to develop the foundation for my business plan and then submit my final copy. This was probably the most stressful part for me since I started with a blank slate and had to come up with pages worth of valuable information. Then, I worked on my presentation part and hoped that the judges liked my plan. They did, and I won. So, I then had to revise my business plan, which we ended up submitting an hour before the deadline. Afterward, I worked on my presentation part that didn’t quite pull through until the last minute. I felt a ton of different emotions throughout this journey, but I am happy to have made it this far.” Isaiah reflected, “State was such a great experience. The trip was joined with PENTA Career Center so we were able to make new friends from other schools. Any school-related trip is so much fun because of all the passionate and friendly staff that volunteer their time to make it awesome for us. Also, the location was in Columbus at the Convention Center, so there were many new things for us to see.”

Reminiscing about their reaction to receiving first place at the state competition, Isaiah expressed, “Because I chose a competition that specialized in my areas of strength (talking and wits) I was confident of a ‘Top 10’ placement. When my name was announced as first place, I was so surprised and filled with pride and joy. A huge reason I was so happy is because I wasn’t just winning for me, I was winning for our local area, Northwood specifically, and above all, Mrs. Myers.” U-sa added, “When my name was announced, I glanced back at the board to see if it was actually me who had won it. I was initially shocked that I was able to get first place. I remembered all of the time and effort I put into my project, but I also remembered that there were a lot more people that went into this win which makes me grateful.”

Isaiah and U-sa now must begin preparing for the national competition, which will take place the first week of May in Anaheim, California at Disneyland! U-sa has her mind set on perfecting her presentation. She stated, “There are two parts for my competition, the business plan, and the presentation. I am very excited to say that my business plan, the hardest part, scored almost perfectly meaning I won’t have to spend as much time on that. So I’ll be working on perfecting my presentation until I can say it in my sleep and I will need to prepare to answer the judges’ questions.” Isaiah’s preparation process includes having several mock competitions and presenting them to the Accounting class. When asked what they are most excited about in regards to the national competition, U-sa said, “I am excited to compete and to be in California! I am hoping to win the first place title again at nationals, but I am just glad that I am able to have this experience.” Isaiah added, “I am most excited to spend a week in a completely new part of the country and represent Northwood from so far away. BPA allows you to build lasting relationships with other student and other advisors and the opportunity to travel across the country.”

U-sa concluded by adding, “I could never have done this without the help and long nights working with Mrs. Myers. She dedicated her time because she believed that I could do it, despite the times where I had many mental breakdowns trying to juggle all of my activities and schoolwork. There were also many teachers, friends, and family who have given support and input into my project, which I truly appreciated. I really hope that future students find the business program to be enjoyable and that next year we can take more students!”

Funny Jokes and Puppet Shows in Mrs. Nice’s Classroom

Have you heard a good joke lately? We have in Ms. Nice’s second grade classroom!

Our class has been working hard to improve our writing skills. An important part of answering questions involves restating the question. What better way to do that than writing jokes! After being asked a joke, students had to restate the joke in their answer. Then the fun really started!

After practicing their jokes, each student made a sock puppet video. They recorded their voices with one puppet asking the joke. Then, the other sock puppet restated the joke and added the punchline. They were able to modify their voice for each puppet making it lower or higher in pitch, as they preferred. They also had the fun of selecting their own scene for the puppets to have as their backdrop.

Everyone did a great job and we had a lot of fun creating puppet shows and sharing them with each other.  



The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2019-20 school year.

The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.



  • Fri. March 29th: NES Carnival, 5:30pm -7:30pm
  • Mon. – Fri. April 1st – 5th: NES Testing Week
  • Tues. April 2nd: NEO Marcos Pizza Night
  • Mon. – Fri. April 8th – 12th: NES and NHS Testing Week
  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm

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