Students in the business academy, recently competed in the virtual Business Professionals of America (BPA) State competition, with three students advancing to the national level.
Cheyenne Cartwright, senior in the marketing and entrepreneurship program, competed in the advanced interview skills event and will head to the national competition this summer.
“The competition this year was more difficult than last year,” said Cartwright. “Since everything was virtual, it was hard to show your true self and all of your portfolio accomplishments, but I achieved further goals than I did last year, and I’m really proud of that.”
Jennifer Pebworth, marketing and entrepreneurship instructor, shared that even with all the changes and challenges surrounding this year's judged competitions, she was proud to have students who wanted to participate and even more proud of their achievements.
“This year's virtual state competition wasn't what the students had wished for,” Pebworth stated, “but they proved their resilience by doing their best.”
When Cartwright thinks about the next level of competition, she can’t hold back her excitement. “It is a huge honor! The event will be virtual, which is kind of sad, but I understand it too. The most important thing, is the three of us that are competing, are doing it together.”
Students that are advancing to nationals, and those that placed in the top ten, are listed below by associate school district.
Woody Decker, web and graphic design senior, placed 9th in the advanced desktop publishing event and is advancing to nationals
Damian Garcia and Dawson Fries, web and graphic design juniors, placed 7th in the podcast team event
Evin Elliott and Elijah Rosas, web and graphic design seniors, placed 8th in the website design team event
Chase Lee, web and graphic design junior, placed 7th in the podcast team event
Eduardo Diaz, cybersecurity and networking senior, placed 1st in the computer security event and is advancing to nationals
Zackary Hart, web and graphic design junior, placed 7th in the podcast team event
Cassandra Sirocky, web and graphic design junior, placed 9th in the digital media production event
Cheyenne Cartwright, marketing and entrepreneurship senior, placed 4th in the advanced interview skills and is advancing to nationals