SLHS students headed to BPA state competition


Andrea Biehl

The BPA students pose for a group photo.

Diamond Neph, Editor

Saint Louis High School’s Business Professionals of America chapter competed at the regional competition Saturday, Jan. 12. The competition took place at Central Michigan University in Grawn Hall. Forty-one students competed, and 29 of those became finalists and qualified for state-level competition. They are as follows:

Olivia Anderson

Sam Bebow

Alexis Beeson

Jordan Bissell

Aaron Bowerman

Jesse Carlson

Brian Conn

Hailey DeRosia

Zoe Dickman

Joseph Erickson

Brook Filipiak

Blake Fisher

Dawson Fisher

Gavin Giles

Starr Hansen

Luke Harry

Noah Harry

Breck Hodges

Jenna Jewel

Aynslee Koutz

Alex Lawhorne

Allyse March

Cameron Mizer

Eron Morrow

Taryn Mroczek

Joe Nash

Daniel Oswald

Lauren Sherwood

Elizabeth VanderHart

Overall, SLHS brought home 59 awards, and the students worked incredibly hard to earn their spots in the finals.

The event was attended by over 100 other students in total from a vast range of schools. Some students thought the environment was stressful. For example, Jordan Bissell commented, “I am so happy that I qualified in my event. I thought for sure I had messed it up and ruined my chances.”

The nature of the event was inherently professional as the name implies, but that does not stop students from having a good time. Between events, students would lounge around the main lobby of Grawn Hall doing various activities. Between chatting with friends, playing games with each other, or practicing their presentations, students found things to occupy their time. Eron morrow stated, “Some of my favorite moments from the trip were playing the (Nintendo) Switch and Smash (Super Smash Brothers Ultimate) with random students from other schools.”

Congratulations to all of the students who competed.  The state competition will take place March 14-17, at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids.