By Mira Branham | Reporter
The Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club, sponsored by Mrs. Hollenbaugh, has hit the ground running this year. BPA aims to “develop leadership, academic, and technological skills in the workplace” among students and leaders within the community. Nationwide, there are about 45,000 members in the career and technical student organization.
Between organizing the Freshmen Activity Fair, attending the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC), and volunteering in several community events, you wouldn’t think these 20 students have had any time to just be teenagers. Most of the members begged to differ.
Senior Heidi Lewis said that she thinks it’s never too early to experience career possibilities – while still enjoying high school friendships.
“My favorite thing about BPA is the friends and opportunities it brings,” she said. “People should know that BPA is a place to find yourself and make connections for the future.”
Sophomore Harsh Duvvuru also said his favorite part of the club was making friends, as well as competing with them.
“BPA helps a lot with social skills,” he said. “Even if you have no idea what you are doing in your event, you can ask upperclassmen or Mrs. Hollenbaugh.”
At the National Leadership Conference (NLC) every May, students compete in over 70 events under five Assessment Areas. These include Finance, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Digital Communication & Design, and Management, Marketing, & Communication.
Senior and BPA President Sim Kaur said she is most looking forward to the State competition this year because of all the new people you meet and the bonding activities you do with your BPA “family.”
“I want people to know that our club doesn’t just focus on business; we focus on group activities, community service, and our relationships,” she said. “I’ve been in BPA all four years and I’m sad it’s coming to an end, but I do hope everyone understands this club is one of a kind.”