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Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Franklin County Technical School students Michael LaFlamme, Kyle Coulombe and Mark Pedercini work with a  3D graphics program at the school on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

Franklin County Technical School students Michael LaFlamme, Kyle Coulombe and Mark Pedercini work with a 3D graphics program at the school on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition.

The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The technical school chapter of the Business Professionals of America excelled mainly in the software design elements of the competition in March, with a first place in animation and a first and second in web design. Teams and individuals also took awards in 3D modeling, extemporaneous speech, programming in the computer language C++, and information technology concepts.

“The students see real life scenarios, real-life experiences where they meet students from all over the state, all over the nation. It also teaches them how to make commitments and keep those commitments, how to meet deadlines, it teaches them about accepting criticism and that sometimes you don’t always win,” said Tech chapter adviser and programming and web shop instructor Cynthia Bussey. “It’s just a wealth of experiences.”

Teams created websites, delivered speeches, answered multiple choice tests, wrote computer programs and gave presentations or speeches.

Last year the program took three students to Orlando for the national competition. Bussey said the club budget covers some of the cost, but the cost has increased exponentially with this year’s success. To help defray plane tickets and the other costs of travel and lodging, Bussey has launched a fundraiser on crowd-sourcing site gofundme.com:

http://www.gofundme.com/7rgy3s.

The goal is $3,000, with close to $490 raised and the trip looming.

Qualifying for the national competition were:

Seniors: Boski Patel of Shelburn Falls, Mike LaFlamme of Halifax, Vt., Kaleb Babineau of Bernardston, Dylan McKay of Erving, Mark Hesketh of Deerfield and Kyle Wawrzyniak of Montague.

Juniors: Mark Pedercini of Orange, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Brandan Tarbox of Wendell and Tyler Millane of Turners Falls.

Sophomores: TJ Burden of Greenfield, Sean Russell of Northfield and Zachary Korpiewski of Whately.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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