Bloom Trail Express
Business Professionals Capture Top Three in NationTuesday, May 17, 2011 By Dominic Marocco
The Business Professional of America group has always been successful, but they’ve never reached their peak potential and finished in the top three. Thanks to the Network Design Team composed of Michael Flood, Dominic Marocco, Jeremy Carson and Sarah Toole, that has now all changed. Following the National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., the first national level top three finish has been brought back home with the group of BPA students. All the students on the Network Design Team are seniors and will be moving on at the conclusion of the school year. Flood was the only student on the team for over all four years of his high school career and finally captured that top three that was eluding him. “I was very happy to finally achieve a top three score after four years of trying; and it feels good to go out on a great note,” said Flood. Carson was also hungry for that great finish, and he admits that it feels really good knowing that he and his classmates were able to churn out one of the best teams in network design in the country. “It’s good to know that we’re the third best in the nation at what we do,” said Carson. Flood, Marocco, and Carson have all worked on the team together since sophomore year, and knowing it’s their senior year, they looked back on their accomplishments and time in BPA. “It’s sad knowing that everything is over, but I enjoyed the accomplishments along the way and it was a good experience,” said Flood. The mood knowing his BPA career was over was more of a mix of relief and disappointment for Carson. “I feel relieved that its over because it was a long run, but I feel disappointed that its over because it’s a good program that I wish I could continue,” said Carson. The BPA advisors, Mark Pesavento and Nick Pezzuto, will be presenting an award to the trio at the senior awards night to commemorate their accomplishments and their dedication. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to have worked with a group of students that were willing to challenge themselves to go above and beyond the average student,” said Pesavento. Oscar Herrera is a technology specialist and the coach of the BPA students. He has been able to see their growth over the past few years. “It’s been a great pleasure working throughout the past four years with this team. I’m truly glad that we have finally reached the top three seeds at the national level. It gives me great satisfaction that we have beaten many technical schools along the way. It just goes to show that with dedication and great work ethic, our students can achieve unimaginable goals against the brightest minds in our nation. I wish nothing but the best not only to my Network Design Team, but also to my other students that competed at the national level,” said Herrera.