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Entire BPA chapter qualifies for state

Members of the Park High BPA chapter relax on the stage after awards were given at BPA Regionals in December. (Addyson Norquist)
BPA Adviser Reid Lende introduces himself at the Regional Competition, which Park High hosted in December. Looking on are BPA members McKenzie Norquist and Veronica Glenn. (Addyson Norquist)

All 14 members of the Park High BPA team qualified for state at the recent south-central Montana Regional BPA competition on December 13th. 

Business Professionals of America, or BPA, is a business-oriented student organization that is offered as an extracurricular program at Park High. Students in BPA compete in events centered around finance, business administration, management, digital communication and design, marketing, communication, and health administration. Park High’s chapter is led by Reid Lende, and the group has seen lots of success in recent years, having sent a number of students to the national BPA competition over the years. 

To get to the national competition, students will go to the state-level competition, and before that, the regional competition, which is what Park High hosted on the 13th. All 14 students in the Ranger BPA chapter qualified for the state competition, and quite a few even won their events. Alex Freund and Ben Vermillion took first place in Computer Animation Team. 

“Yeah, I had a lot of fun,” Vermillion said, “this was my first BPA competition, and it was a great experience, it went really well.” 

In other events, Fiona Alverson, Veronica Glenn, Aidan Higgins, and Silas Hjortsberg placed first in Video Production Team; Anna Lende, Emma Malloy, Rell Sienkiewicz, and Siobhan Stevenson won the Administrative Support Team event; Anna Lende won Digital Media Production; and Veronica Glenn, Silas Hjortsberg, and McKenzy Norquist won for Small Business Management Team. 

“They did overall pretty well,” said Ranger BPA advisor Reid Lende, “everybody qualified for state, so that’s really good.”

The Ranger BPA team will look ahead to the state competition in Billings on March 10-12.

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