BPA Nationals

Luna Wang, Guest Writer

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  Wayzata Business Professionals of America chapter members traveled to the national BPA conference in Orlando, Florida from May 10th, to May 14th.
  According to BPA Advisor Michelle Jacklitch, BPA Officer Abhi Kamboj (12) placed second in Computer Programming Concepts. Brandon Lai (11) placed second in Management, Marketing and Human Resource Concepts, and Blaine McLaughlin (9) placed third in Entrepreneurship.
  According to Jacklitch, Amy Zhang (12) placed fourth in Interview Skills. Kenneth Kim (10) ranked 2nd place as a National Finalist with Shreya Chanda (10), Saketh Kollipara (10), and Neal Mukherjee (10) in their Economic Research Team.
  Jason Weng (11) entered the top ten qualifiers in two events, Accounting Mathematics Concepts and Administrative Support Concepts, according to Jacklitch. Ankita Kundu (11) entered the top ten qualifiers in Business Meeting Management Concepts and Nicole Granovsky (10) entered the top ten qualifiers in Graphic Design Promotions.
  “A lot of people who make it to nationals don’t necessarily
go because of AP testing along with a lot of other things going on during this week,” said Kamboj.
  According to Kamboj, the BPA members rode Delta Airlines and stayed at Walt Disney Swan Resort, even fitting in a trip to Disney World.
  “When you go there, not only do you have your [individual]
events, but the national BPA competition also holds other small fun events. I know last year they also had a concert and fireworks,” said Kamboj.
  “[BPA] has helped me become more professional,” said Kamboj. “You’re not even allowed to go on stage and compete in your event unless you’re dressed formally.”
  The biggest lesson Kim learned from BPA was to focus and avoid procrastination.
  “Don’t push it off and be diligent,” Kim said. “so you can revise your project and keep practicing presenting by setting up multiple meetings before each deadline.”
  “I have grown more confident with my public speaking, and I also find it easier to present now,” said Kim. “Not only does it prepare you, but it’s also enjoyable.”
 “Everyone competes at regionals, and then this year we had a lot of people qualify for state, an unusually large amount of people, around 40 or 50,” said Kamboj. “We also do civic events every year as a BPA chapter.”
  “This year the civic project was giving a donation to the MARS (Midwest Animal Rescue and Services) Animal Shelter to help provide for leashes and other items,” said Kim.
  The events Kamboj did this year were either written tests or  a certain code in 60 minutes.
  According to Kamboj, industry professionals come to judge the events. Wayzata is accomplished in events because of all the resources they have available at the school such as previous year’s region tests.
  “Every year, BPA is a large group of people as you can see, and we try to bring them together,” said Kamboj. “So we try to plan social events where everyone can talk with each other and get along and be more of a team.”
  “BPA is more of an individual activity where if you put in the effort individually you’ll do well and you’re not that dependent on all the other kids,” said Kamboj.
  “The amount of time you put in is what you get out,” said Kamboj. “If you’re even relatively interested in business or economics or technology, you should just try it one year, you might like it,” said Kamboj.
  “The amount of time you put in is what you get out,” said Kamboj. “If you’re even relatively interested in business or economics or technology, you should just try it one year, you might like it.”

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