The Road to Nationals Started in Billings for Business Professionals of America
Stellar Performances Means Six Move on to National Competition
After an incredible performance at the state competition in Billings, six members of Flathead High School’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) move to the next level to compete in Orlando, Florida at the National Leadership Conference.
This year the FHS team sent 33 members to the state competition, the largest they've taken to state in ten years. 1700 total students from across Montana competed in their prospective events—many started as early as October to prepare.
That preparation paid off for Riley Kouns who placed 1st in Computer Modeling, Tanis Hadwin who placed 4th in Computer Modeling, Josh Anderson who placed 3rd in Java Programming, Jacob Beaudoin who placed 9th in Administrative Support Research Project Individual, Melissa Roybal placed 9th in Prepared Speech and Kianna Storm who placed in Start Up Enterprise Team. Flathead took thirty-three members to state and almost all students placed in the top 10 in their events!
Students are rated on their ‘competencies’ in each category or ‘event.’ While many test conceptual skills and knowledge, other entries require creativity and strategy. The theme for the computer modeling event was original: “A new water park is coming to Orlando and the owners are looking for a mascot for this new park. You will model an original character to represent this new water park.» Contestants from FHS utilized industrial arts, math and computer science expertise to create their winning entries.
BPA is a student organization considered ‘CTE’ or Career and Technical a branch of education that emphasizes experience and project based learning as well as modeling professionalism and business practices. Flathead High School’s BPA program has been in existence for over 20 years. These students are our future leaders as they pursue their degrees in Business and Information Technology.