Clay City High School senior Caroline Beyers will travel with Northview High School BPA members to Washington D.C., Tuesday, May 3, to compete against students from around the country.
Beyers is the only student from Clay City competing in nationals.
"I've never been to Washington D.C., before. I am looking forward to the tourist attractions, and I am a little nervous. A lot of other kids that are very competitive will be there from all 50 states," said Beyers.
Beyers placed third in state competition against approximately 40 others from around Indiana the last weekend in February.
Elissa Downey, Clay City High School's BPA sponsor, said Beyers is the first student from Clay City in a long time to place this high at state and compete in nationals
"We went to state, and we've had a long dry run since anyone has advanced to nationals. When students work this hard, you want to see them succeed. I am just really glad to know that she is getting this opportunity," Downey said. "When her name was called, her face just lit up more and more each time. Every name they called, she knew she was closer and closer to nationals."
Scores are based on how well a student can format documents. The tasks include advanced word processing, proofreading, document formatting, mail merge, editing speeches and a competitor's overall score is determined by the number of mistakes they make.
"Three mistakes and you get a zero," Downey said.
The national competition will be much like the state competition, except with more advanced material and competitors. There will also be opportunities for leadership conferences, meetings, scholarships, sight-seeing and socializing.
In addition, each student will receive a little help breaking the ice with other attending students.
"The students will get to exchange state pins," Downey said. "Indiana's state pin is a corn field with a cardinal."
To raise money for her trip, Beyers is selling brownie sundaes at lunch time, and so far, she has raised $1,200 of the $1,600 she needs.
Beyers said she wouldn't have been able to come so far without Downey's assistance.
"Mrs. Downey has been really helpful and supportive. I wouldn't have been able to do this without her," Beyers said.