Northview High School's Business Professionals of America students are preparing for their state conference Feb. 28 through March 2. This year, 24 students advanced to the state conference after qualifying at the district competition hosted by Northview on Jan. 18. Top students may earn the opportunity to advance to national conference which will be in Dallas, Texas in April.
Current business technologies, as well as normal business communications, are tested to see if students can apply the information they've learned in the classroom. Students will compete in accounting, spreadsheet, programming, interviewing, business presentations and desktop publishing to name a few of the various events.
Four students who created a website on interview skills will be interviewed at the conference on their design and computer skills. Students on a presentation management team will be presenting an approximately 10-minute sales pitch to motivate then judges to locate a conference in their chosen city.
In their computer presentation, they will use visuals to demonstrate the cost benefits and area attractions. One new event this year is digital media. In this event, students burned a CD with a flash presentation to show what the local BPA has done to help the community. Pictures taken in the fall adult computer education classes were included in this presentation.
Northview students advancing to the state competition include Jennifer Allee, Derrick Bowman, Justin Boyd, Jordan Brown, Samantha Brown, Christina Chrisman, Nic Ellis, Curtis Ferguson, Jared Freeman, Graham Henke, Robert James, Jeremy Lankston, Kendall Miller, Robbie Miller, Jessica Reece, Amy Robbins, Christina Rose, Jessica Sanders, Justin Scherb, Chris Short, Jason Short, Stephen Stewart, Eric Vanatti and Alex Williams.