Prairie High School BPA Chapter Takes the National Stage

Prairie High School’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter made their mark in Anaheim at National Competition April 30 – May 5.  A delegation of 20 students represented Prairie among 5,000 middle and high school students from across the nation.  Prairie’s national qualifiers competed in 40+ events, which culminated in eight members making an appearance on the national stage. 

Congratulations to: 

Erik Wisnousky for qualifying for finals in both of his events; Economic Research Individual and Economic Research Team.

Megan Matson, Sarah Schmitt, Jared Tjelmeland rounded out the Economic Research Team and also appeared on the national stage.

Bailey Green, Andrew Russell, Blair Bell and Ryanne Trpkosh made finals for Broadcast News Production Team. 

2019 National Conference Competitors include:
Blair Bell, Harrison Cook, Allie Day, Morgan Flynn, Carson Frazee, Bailey Green, Spencer Kirk, Jenna Leggat, Carter Lins, Megan Matson, Ryanne Trpkosh, Isaac Rubsam, Andrew Russell, Sarah Schmitt, Sadie Schmidt, Will Thalacker, Jared Tjelmeland, Jacy Werning, Hunter Williams, and Erik Wisnousky,

Prairie looks forward to taking another highly qualified delegation to State next February with the goal of competing in Washington DC at the National Conference in May.

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.

“Prairie students continue to seek elective classes because they understand the importance of career-readiness for their futures which will be filled with global competition,” said Matt Sima, BPA Advisor.  “I think they’d all agree their participation in BPA positions them to better understand how to present before large groups, work in teams and manage their time among the very busy lives they lead.” Prairie remains active in the 2019-20 State Leadership Officer Team as Sadie Schmidt, Class of 2020, 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.