BPA Heading to Dallas to compete in State Leadership Conference
Starting in the summer, the BPA team begins preparing for their year of competition. The team will soon go to Dallas to compete along with other teams from all over the state of Texas. From graphic design, and writing to parliamentary procedures, and medical coding and billing, BPA has a category for students all across the school.
Senior BPA President Cody Mazzurana has been a member of the team since his freshman year and will be making his fourth appearance at the conference, though his roles this year go much beyond merely showing up to compete.
"As president, I am taking on more of a leadership role by helping the advisor get paperwork and contest prep taken care of for state," Mazzurana said. "For each contest we have presubmits and torch awards need to be turned in. After the paperwork side has been taken care of we all switch gears to helping everyone get prepared for their contest presentation. I have met with some of the teams to help take their presentation to the next level."
While Mazzurana works to prepare the teams as a whole, senior Daniel Aceituno has been using his year to get ready for his return on the group's Parliamentary Procedures Team.
"I am very excited for the state leadership conference for BPA," Aceituno said. "This will be my second year going with the parliamentary procedure team, and we've been preparing since the summer for this conference to hopefully qualify for nationals. Win or lose; I hope that my senior year will provide me with more insight as a business professional and mold me into a better leader."
While they are there to compete, the BPA members also have the pleasure of getting to explore and have fun in Dallas when they are at the conference. For many of the competitors, this is their final year to be a part of the conference.
"I advanced to state in my competition and my team competition for the 4th year in a row," senior AJ Burns said. "I have had a great time at state the past three years, and I can't wait to go this year. The highlight of BPA state for me is the freedom we get while we are in Dallas. We get to go around the city freely as long as we inform our advisor. Overall, it usually is a blast, and I can't wait to go this year."
On March 3, the team will travel to Dallas for about four days to compete against other Texas teams.