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  • Area’s future business leaders test their skills at annual student business conference

  • Students from across the state converged at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Wednesday and Thursday for the annual Business Professionals of America Conference. Students were given the opportunity to participate in workshops and compete in a variety of events aimed to prepare them for the professional world.
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  • Students from across the state converged at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Wednesday and Thursday for the annual Business Professionals of America Conference. Students were given the opportunity to participate in workshops and compete in a variety of events aimed to prepare them for the professional world.
    BPA is an extracurricular activity and club designed to equip students with skills needed to pursue a future degree or career in business or other related fields. Each year, students have the opportunity to compete at the state level and, for some, at the national level.
    “They’re learning these skills that are going to be essential for them no matter what they do, but particularly if they go into the area of business, from citizenship and leadership to those specific skills in many areas like financing, management, information technology and marketing,” said Lisa Stoner-Torbert, organizer of the BPA conference.
    BPA also incorporates community service into its curriculum. Students at the conference had a chance to create care packages for children in area hospitals, Stoner-Torbert said.
    Postlethwait Middle School student Abrielle Emory represented her school at the conference.
    “I joined BPA because I felt that it could prepare me to go into a future in the business field and that I could better my knowledge of the business world,” Emory said. “I’ve learned things you should and should not do in an interview, what a resume is and how to set one up, the different types of Word documents and how to better my communication skills.”
    Dion Baker was among a group of students that represented Central Middle School in Wednesday’s middle school competition.
    “When you’re in your early career if you want to be an entrepreneur you can tell them you were in BPA,” Baker said. “It can be something good to put on your resume.”
    High School students from up and down the state had their chance to compete on Thursday. Lake Forest High School student Kirsten Nguyen represented her school at the conference.
    “I’ve learned how to present myself well and speak publically,” Nguyen said. “I really enjoy it. It gets you ready for the real world.”

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