BPA competes in California

     Park BPA had a successful season this year, with five members that qualified for nationals in Anaheim, California. BPA members Ava Brahm, Chase Vermillion, Charlie Vermillion, Max Favor, Hailey Smith, and Anna Lende all qualified for nationals.There is a lot of production that goes into it, there’s workshops, events, and ceremonies. It is also in a really cool place.” stated Reid Lende, chapter advisor of BPA. Nationals takes place across 25 states and Puerto Rico, and they all come together and compete against one another. All students in BPA have been working to fundraise. Students worked at the coffee stand during lunches, tended the concession stand during games and giftwrapped for Murdochs during the Christmas season. Part of the fundraising proceeds go to the Montana Special Olympics, and the rest helps with the costs of running a school extracurricular. Lende said, “We don’t really get funded through the school, so all of our travel expenses come out of our pocket.”  Charlie Vermillion made it to nationals in broadcast news development. He worked on two stories, one about the shortage of staff in the school and another on the historic Yellowstone flood from last year along with Max Favor. Favor said, “My favorite part of BPA was getting first in computer modelling at state.” Vermillion said, “BPA is fun, more fun than most students think. You work on interesting topics, and it looks good for colleges.” Vermillion loved working on his news stories, as they were interesting topics for him and an involved process that he enjoyed. Favor stated, “There is something for everyone, and you can most likely find something that you would like.”