By: Tyler Stovie and Travis Hutson
BPA is a student led organization that stands for Business Professionals of America. This past weekend, Prairie sent 72 kids to state 123 miles away in Des Moines. Approximately 400 students from 18 schools were fighting for a berth to nationals.
The 3 day long event started last Sunday with opening ceremonies, followed by competitions. That night, students forgot about the stress of competition for a while with an entertaining hypnotist.
Competitions started on Sunday but they went into full force on Monday when most team events and individual events took place. Prairie had 56 students qualify for nationals in Boston during May with multiple people qualifying on different events.
On Tuesday, BPA said goodbye with a closing ceremony, where competitors found out their placing and who would qualify for Nationals. Fifty-six individuals either got top 2 in a group event or top 5 in an individual, giving them a seat on the plane to Boston. Three Prairie students also received a torch award, a prestigious achievement.
Tuesday also held the election for the new state officers. Our very own Taylor Fisher ‘17 received the vice president role through much hard work.
Emma Rubsam ‘18 also ran for office but got edged out; as a sophomore she will have another opportunity to run for office so the future looks bright.
BPA is a great organization that gives bright students opportunities to both improve and showcase their entrepreneurial skills. With a huge variety of events, there is something for everybody, and anyone interested in joining the experience next year should talk to Mrs. Hynek.
Prairie dominated state BPA and they hope to keep it going when they go to Boston. The Prairie Hawks leave for Boston the 4th of May and embarke on a 1,284 mile trip. Prairie BPA hopes to place in every event possible at nationals and show that our chapter means business.