Davila Does it Again
by Kielyn Driskill
All of the BPA members that competed at regionals traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas to compete at the state level. This competition gave one student the opportunity to even travel to the national competition in May in Dallas, Texas. The students left for the competition on February 28, and it began on March 1.
Students competed in a wide variety of categories including video production, graphic design, and parliamentary procedures. Throughout the week, students present and compete for their chance to advance to finals, and from there to the national level. Six students were finalists and senior Grace Davila, who also competed at the national level last year, will be advancing to nationals in May for graphic design promotion.
“I’m super excited,” Davila said. “It feels really good knowing that you were able to get yourself there for something you created entirely on your own. I’m very thankful that I’m able to go twice in a row and have that experience again.”
Students who traveled not only got to experience competing, but were also given time to explore the city and have down-time outside of the competition rooms. These exp
eriences gave the students the chance to bond on a more personal level rather than just being teammates, which is an important factor in competing as part of a team.
“There were many great events offered besides general competitions,” sophomore Emilie Weber said. “The events included intern opportunities, a special event sponsored by Feeding Texas, and voting for next year’s officers.”
Although not all students advanced to the national level, a team made up of three students placed third in the state, barely missing the cut for advancing. The team was made up of seniors Cailin Carrillo, Brooklyn Haecker, and Davila, who all competed in team video production. Other finalists included sophomores AJ Burns, wh
o competed in banking and finance, Andy McDowell, who competed in java programming, and Weber, who competed in graphic design promotion.
“We took third at state and it was very upsetting knowing that we were so close to qualifying for nationals,” Carrillo said. “Overall though,It was my first year in BPA and I was really blessed to get to
know a lot of new people. I am super proud of my team, we went in there and did our thing and third in state isn’t bad at all.”
With one student advancing to nationals, the competition will pick back up in May in Dallas. Davila is preparing by practicing her presentation of her graphic design, making sure everything is perfected before they leave for nationals.