Prairie’s Business Professionals of America Students Compete at Nationals

Prairie High School’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter made their mark in Dallas at National Competition May 8-13.  A delegation of 15 students represented Prairie among 5,000 middle and high schoolers from across the nation.  Prairie’s national qualifiers competed in 40+ events, which culminated in one member making his appearance on the national stage.

Congratulations to:  Sean Hamilton who placed 5th in Entrepreneurship

2018 National Conference Competitors include:
Bailey Swartzendruber, Brylee Yirkovsky, Colin Conrad, Eric Wisnousky, Hannah Sellner, Jaxon Sirowy, Lauren Schmitz, Matthew Altenhofen, Morgan Flynn, Olivia Nurre, Quinn Langfitt, Sean Hamilton, Sydney Suthers, Taylor Suppe, and Zak Zahner

Prairie looks forward to taking another highly qualified delegation to State next February with the goal of competing in Anaheim at the National conference in May 2019.

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.  Prairie’s chapter is the largest in the state and advisors Kim Hynek, Mary Gudenkauf and Matt Sima led 70+ members in Des Moines at February’s state competition.  “While traditionally we do well at state each year, it is much more difficult earn an appearance on the National stage,” said Hynek.  “Prairie students work hard to make that happen and have come to recognize and appreciate the skills and knowledge gained from BPA participation which helps them in whichever career path they choose.”

Additional individual events included; Entrepreneurship, Fundamentals of Accounting, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, Word Processing Skills, Graphic Design, Banking and Finance, Administrative Support, Economic Research, Medical Office, Digital Publishing and Virtual Media Promotion.   Additional team events included; Financial Analyst, Global Marketing, Video Production and Administrative Research, Computer Animation, Presentation Management, Economic Research, Website Design and Small Business Management.

This year Prairie’s chapter included two State Officers; President Jaxon Sirowy and Sean Hamilton, Vice President of Marketing.  “Prairie students continue to seek elective classes because we understand the importance of career-readiness for our futures which will be filled with global competition,” said Sirowy.  “I think we’d all agree our participation in BPA positions us to better understand how to present before large groups, work in teams and manage our time among the very busy lives we lead.” Prairie remains active in the 2018-19 State Leadership Officer Team as Morgan Flynn, Class of 2019, was elected State Recorder this February.  She will assume her duties this summer.

BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.  The Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) prepares students to succeed and assesses real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. It is BPA’s showcase program and facilitates students demonstrating their career skills at regional, state and national conferences in 72 competitive events.