Group: Hastings High School students attending the BPA national conference are (from left) Abby Larabee, Teight Turnes, Corbin Hunter, advisor Bob Carl, Roger Roets and Jessica Gaskill.
Two: Abby Larabee and Corbin Hunter take part in the Ambassador Torch Award ceremony. Hunter also placed 15th in the nation in the Fundamentals of Web Design competition. (Photos provided)
Hastings business students take part in national leadership conference
Students from Hastings High School attended the Business Professionals of America 2019 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif May 1-5.
Hastings BPA chapter members Jessica Gaskill, Corbin Hunter, Abby Larabee, Roger Roets and Teight Turnes joined nearly 6,000 conference delegates to compete in national level business skills competitions and attend leadership development, workshops, general sessions and national officer candidate campaigns and elections.
In addition to having the opportunity to compete on the national stage and learn from leading business professionals, students had the opportunity to experience Anaheim, Calif., and the surrounding areas.
“Each year, the national leadership conference offers our students the opportunity to showcase their skills and compete against other students from across the country, and be recognized for their dedication and hard work they have put forth through the year,” chapter co-advisor and teacher Bob Carl said. “This year, we had five students who excelled throughout the year and represented our local chapter of Business Professionals of America from Hastings.”
Chapter parliamentarian Jessica Gaskill competed in several open events. Chapter president Corbin Hunter took 15th place in the nation in the Fundamentals of Web Design competition and is an Ambassador Torch Award recipient. Treasurer Abby Larabee also was an Ambassador Torch Award recipient. BPA member Teight Turnes finished 18th in the nation in the C++ Programming competition.
Business Professionals of America is a premier career and technical student organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business, finance and management information system and other related fields.
Financial contributions from several local businesses helped make the trip to California affordable for all students, Carl said.