Success at the BPA State competition

Small Business Management Team, Kim Yang, AJ Yasso, Justin Asmer, and Andrew Shea, are headed to Nationals.

Small Business Management Team, Kim Yang, AJ Yasso, Justin Asmer, and Andrew Shea, are headed to Nationals. (Photo used by permission of Kathleen Ford)

BPA member who attended the State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids. (Photo  used by permission of Kathleen Ford)

BPA member who attended the State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids. (Photo used by permission of Kathleen Ford)

by Mila Murray

This year, the Business Professionals of America (BPA) did not come back from the State Leadership Conference empty handed. One of the teams, Small Business Management, won the opportunity to participate in the next and final level of all of the BPA Leadership Conferences—Nationals.

The Small Business Management Team, made up of four members, will be heading to the National Leadership Conference on April 30 through May 4 in Indianapolis. The team went head to head with Adams’ Small Business Management Team and finished first, Adams taking second.

“Adding passion and enthusiasm to their presentation definitely allowed them to stand out above the rest,” BPA advisor Kathleen Ford said.

With 70 students attending the State competition, which lasted from March 20 through March 23, many challenges were encountered by the team. Participating in two events, as many students did, was a struggle, especially having to juggle them during such an important competition. But the successes overrode the challenges.

“Even though some are not moving on to Nationals, more than 40 students finished in the top 10 at States and went up on stage to be recognized,” Ford said. “There were over 3,000 BPA [members] competing and to have these high numbers is a great accomplishment.”

Now that the second biggest BPA competition is over, the team will be celebrating their success with a pizza party and putting together a video to highlight their time at the State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids.

“A special thanks,” Ford said, “should be given to Mrs. Kuhn, Ms. Sanders and Mrs. Van Etten for lending their expertise and knowledge in helping me prepare the students for such success and lending emotional support to me.”

More results and information on the BPA State Leadership Conference can be found if you click here.

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