BPA Members Advance to Nationals

Eighteen students from Battle Lake (above) and 22 student from Underwood (below) participated in the annual Minnesota Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis March 23-25. During the school year, approximately 1,800 Minnesota BPA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in nearly 60 events focused in the areas of finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication & design, and management, marketing & communication.
The competitions are designed to prepare students to succeed and assesses real-world business skills and problem solving abilities. After qualifying earlier this year, regional winners put their talents to the test during the State Leadership Conference. 
Students receiving state recognition include: 
Underwood School
Erin Andersen – Administrative Support Research Project – 3rd 
Asante Creek – Prepared Speech – 3rd 
Kindra Peterson – Extemporaneous Speech – 4th 
Theo Johnson – Minnesota candidate for national officer
May 10-14, seven students from Battle Lake and four from Underwood will travel to Orlando, FL to compete with 5,500 top students from across the United States at the 51st Annual National Leadership Conference – the pinnacle of BPA competition.