KTC-Atoka Outstanding Business Student, Raini Butler, Receives Award of Educational Achievement and Wins State to Compete at Business Professionals of America National Conference

Pictured: KTC-Atoka Business student, Raini Butler, pictured with State BPA Awards, which qualified her for National BPA Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Butler was also recognized with a Technology Centers That Work Award of Educational Achievement.

Anyone who knows Raini Butler knows that she's an excellent student. Recently, Raini has moved beyond the halls of Antlers High School, or even KTC-Atoka to represent at the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference. Placing 1st in payroll accounting and third in advanced accounting landed her a trip to the BPA National Leadership Conference, in Indianapolis, IN, April 30 – May 4, 2014. Raini and KTC classmate, Loretta Ochoa, will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they'll experience the city of Indianapolis, IN. "The conference will be the culmination of a school year's worth of business education and training which members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at Kiamichi Technology Center have received," said chapter advisor, Christie Hyatt who teaches Business Administration and Information Technology at KTC-Atoka.

In addition to top honors at the BPA Conference, Raini has also, recently, been awarded the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) Award of Educational Achievement. Founded in 2007, the TCTW school improvement model is designed to assist shared-time technology centers in preparing graduates in high-demand, high-wage, high-skill fields for postsecondary studies and employment. Employers, colleges and universities are looking for high school graduates who not only completed high school, but proved they have the ability to apply the extra effort needed to succeed in a variety of work and educational settings. To recognize such graduates, High Schools That Work (HSTW ) established the Award of Educational Achievement. This award is given to students at HSTW and Technology Centers That Work (TCTW ) sites who have demonstrated high academic and technical achievement and completed rigorous high school courses to prepare for their futures.

Raini is a senior at Antlers High School and plans to attend Southeastern State University in the fall.