Business Professionals of America

Texas Association





We know the work that it takes to build a successful BPA chapter. Texas BPA has two awards to recognize those outstanding individuals that go above and beyond to help our students succeed.


Distinguished Administrator Award due February 15

• Recognizes local administrator or superintendent for contributions to Texas BPA

• Nominees must be administrators or superintendents

• Nominations must be by current Texas BPA advisors


Outstanding Local Advisor Award due February 15

• Recognizes local advisor for contributions to Texas BPA

• Nominees must be current Texas BPA advisor

• Nominations must be by current Texas BPA advisors or student members  


Distinguished Administrator Service Awards:

Congratulations to Joseph Patek - Superintendent, Aransas County ISD

Mr. Patek started as a business teacher here at Rockport-Fulton High School in 1991 until 1994. He then became an Assistant Principal from 1995-96. He went on to become a Middle School Principal in Hallettsville from 1996-2001 and the Superintendent from 2001-2007. He returned to Aransas County as our Superintendent in 2007 where he received the ESC 2 Superintendent of the Year in 2013. Mr. Patek continues to lead the district to an amazing level of cooperation between the community and the schools.


Congratulations to David Williams - Principal, Seabrook Intermediate School

Mr. Williams has been Principal of Seabrook Intermediate since 1995. He encouraged the creation of the middle level chapter there and certainly went to bat to encourage administrators to continue to support the advisors and provide for the continuation of the program. He is supportive of parents and teachers at Seabrook and encourages BPA success and involvement for all of his students and teachers. Thank you for recognizing the importance of the BPA mission and for supporting our students and advisors.


Outstanding Advisor Awards:

Congratulations to the following Advisors who were recognized at the 2016 State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. We appreciate you!

2016 Outstanding Local Advisor - Area 1
Jason Marshall, Heritage High School

2016 Outstanding Local Advisor - Area 2
Janie Olivarri, Pleasanton High

2016 Outstanding Local Advisor Area - 3
Fred Patrick, Dr. John D. Horn High School

2016 Outstanding Local Advisor Area - 4
No nominations

2016 Outstanding Local Advisor Area - 5
Jerry Lyne, Seabrook Intermediate

Largest Chapter Award:

Congratulations to these chapters who went above and beyond to recruit this year!

Middle Level Division
Adams Middle School - Lucretia Crittendon and Tiffany Smith, Advisors

Associate Division
Sam Houston High School - Holli Brett, Advisor

Secondary Division
Bellaire High School - Elizabeth Kelm and Debra Robinson, Advisors

Post Secondary Division
Tarrant County College - Jaye Simpson and Julie Russell, Advisors

Torch Awards - Statesman of the Year to be awarded:

Start earning your Torch Awards points now to be recognized at the State Leadership Conference in Dallas. This year we will be recognizing the member with the highest number of Torch points as Texas Statesman of the Year. The highest Torch points earned in each Area will also be recognized at our Special Recognition Awards at the State Leadership Conference. It's your time to shine!


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Torch Awards

Torch Awards is a special program offering individual recognition awards to members who participate in a wide variety of personal growth and service activities.  There are seven (7) activity areas in the Torch awards program:






Love, Hope, Faith


A very special ceremony surrounds an explanation of the nine “torches”.  (In the Torch ceremony, Love, Hope and Faith are considered separate “torches”, giving a total of nine torches in the seven activity areas).  Members strive to achieve recognition at each of the following four levels by earning specified points in each of the seven divisions:

  1. Executive Award – given by the local chapters when a member earns 10 points in each of the seven divisions.

  2. Diplomat Award – given by the regional organization when a member earns 30 points in each of the seven divisions.

  3. Statesman Award – given by the state association when a member earns 50 points in each of the seven divisions.

  4. Ambassador Award – given by the national association when a member earns 70 points in each of the seven divisions.

Click here for more information on the Torch Awards program.


Special Recognition Awards

An active BPA chapter is an involved chapter.  There are many Special Recognition Awards designed to provide individual and/or chapter recognition.  Recognition is awarded at the Regional, State and National Leadership Conferences.  These awards include the following:

  • WeSeed Social Circle Challenge: BPA members will have the chance to win $1000 scholarships, national recognition, and netbook computers by creating the biggest social networks dedicated to learning about investing through WeSeed.
  • Environmental Action and Awareness Award: awarded to chapters for raising awareness of and doing something about environmental issues.
  • Community Relief Service Award: to encourage BPA chapters to provide volunteer services, to assist with disaster services, to provide health and safety community education, to participate in blood drives, and/or to raise and donate monetary support for relief organizations.
  • BPA Marketing and Public Relations: awarded to chapters for recruitment, promotion, and public relations activities
  • Chapter Activities Award of Excellence: awarded to chapters for outstanding annual program of activities
  • Community Action: awarded to chapters for community/school service activities
  • Entrepreneurship Exploration: awarded to individual student members for outreach and research into local community free enterprise
  • Member Recruiter: awarded to individual members for recruiting five or more new chapter members during a school year
  • Merit Scholar: awarded to individual members for possessing exemplary Knowledge of Business Professionals of America
  • National Center Capital Improvements Campaign: Awarded to chapters, individual members, and state associations for monetary contributions for the capital improvement of the BPA National Center
  • Safety Awareness (including Drug Awareness/Anti-Violence Awareness): awarded to chapters for safety education activities
  • Special Olympics (Business Professionals of America’s national service project): awarded to chapters for volunteer service or fund-raising for Special Olympics
  • Environmental Action Award: to promote the image of Business Professionals of America (BPA) as an organization that is aware of current environmental issues; to motivate all levels and divisions of BPA to participate in activities that prevent any further damage to our environment; and to encourage current chapters to implement plans of action to embrace the idea of a "Green" business.

The Professional Cup is awarded each year to one State Association in each division that has the highest weighted percentage of chapters involved in the Special Recognition Awards program.

Click here for more information on the Special Recognition Awards.



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