WMHS BPA team to compete at nationals

BPATop students from Watertown-Mayer High School will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2013 National Leadership Conference, “Uncover Your Magic,” in Orlando, Fla., May 8-12.

Watertown-Mayer High School BPA students Kailey Carrabre, Devyn Giese, Abigail Hatling, Ashley Kelzer, Allison Lague, Allyson Matrella, Aaron Sweeney, Nick Tschida, and Elizabeth Vouk will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to compete and attend sessions.

Carrabre, Giese, Hatling, Kelzer, Lague, Matrella, Sweeney, and Tschida will compete in Parliamentary Procedures. They competed at the Region 1 Competition held at the Eden Prairie High School on Monday, Jan. 28. From there, they advanced to the State competition, which was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis, March 7-9. They placed first at State, and will now participate at the national competition.

Lague and Vouk will receive Ambassador Torch Awards at the national conference. Torch Awards are a special recognition that BPA members can receive for completing various activities in the areas of Leadership, Service, Cooperation, Knowledge, Friendship, Patriotism, and Love, Hope, Faith. An Ambassador Torch Award is the highest award available to BPA Students.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. BPA gives students practical experience through application of business-related skills. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.