Middletown High School junior Jennae Overton has been selected by the Business Professionals of America to serve as the president of the 2023-2024 State Officer Leadership Team.
Overton believes she was a great candidate for the presidential role because of her involvement in her school newspaper, Future Farmers of America, golf and the Black Student Union.
“Newspaper taught me to be accurate with my information and timely, FFA taught me countless leadership and public speaking skills I will always carry with me, golf taught me to be patient, not only with my surroundings but with myself,” she said, “and the Black Student Union taught me to speak up for what is right always.”
She said those are all important qualities that she should have not only as a president, but as a human being.
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With her on the leadership team will be Vice President Kinga Gul from Newark Charter High School, Secretary Manushri Gupta from MOT Charter High School and Anusha Sarwadi from Alfred G. Waters Middle School, who will be the middle school rep.
The nominations come after last month’s state leadership conference at the Chase Center in Wilmington.
There, more than 350 high school business students from 20 high schools competed in 52 events in management, marketing and communications, digital communications and design, management information systems, business administration and finance.
And 260 business students from 20 middle schools statewide competed in 15 events.
Students also campaigned for the state officer leadership team.
“In January I submitted my official application and then the ball really started to roll from there,” Overton said. “We had to submit speeches for review, a video showing why we would make a good candidate, as well as a headshot, and there was a candidate meeting where we all got to meet one another and some members of the state staff.”
The team represents the students of Delaware BPA and plans the fall leadership conference as well as the state leadership conference.
“We do so many other things too, like visiting industry partners and representing the Delaware BPA members at the national leadership conference,” she said.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
Jarek can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (215) 450-9982. Follow him on Twitter @jarekrutz
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