Hundreds of Business Professionals of America students compete at Eastlake High School
Eastlake High School was the host of the 2020 Business Professionals of Americas regional competition, in which some 500 students from across the El Paso area competed in more than 75 business related competitions Jan. 23-24.
“The competition is growing,” said Liliana Cisneros, regional advisor for BPA. “We are excited to have participants from all across the region.”
The Socorro Independent School District has more than 400 students in BPA and 21 different SISD BPA chapters that competed in the contest. Ninety SISD BPA students qualified for state.
The winners of the regional event are invited to the state contest March 3-7 in Dallas. From there, the winners can advance to the the national competition in May in Washington, D.C.
Business Professionals of America is a national leadership organization that develops leadership, academic, and technological skills that pertain to the workplace among students within the community.
The BPA program and competition give students hands-on, real world opportunities to learn about the business world. Giuliana Poggio, a senior from Americas High School, is looking ahead with the help she is getting from BPA and her studies in banking and finance.
“Without this program I wouldn’t have been able to learn all this outside of this organization, which is setting me up for the future,” she said.
At the regional competition, the students competed in a variety of events, including website development, C++ programming, network design, economic research, job interview, entrepreneurship and computer animation.
Everitt Overton, a junior from Pebble Hills High School and BPA officer, said that when BPA was presented to him in middle school he knew it would be a way for him to get ahead in college.
“I recommend that if somebody can do BPA they should,” Overton said. “I certainly will be a part of this next year.”