BPA Student Chapter Advances to National Leadership Conference

Alma students showcase their business skills and capture 14 awards at state competition.

BPA state award-winners. BPA state award-winners.Members the Alma College chapter of the Business Professionals of America traveled to Grand Rapids to compete in the State Leadership Conference for Michigan. The nine Scots in attendance brought home 14 awards in 13 different competitive categories.

On May 9-13, 2018, these nine participants will join students from across the country to showcase their business skills at the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas.

“Representing Alma College, and the state of Michigan, at the National Leadership Conference in Dallas is so exciting for us,” says Skylar McArthur, BPA chapter president. “The Michigan Association of Business Professionals of America has been the number one association in the nation for a number of years. It’s exciting that our students will be a part of this success as we compete against students from hundreds of other colleges and universities from 28 states and Puerto Rico.”

Beyond the competition, the national conference offers opportunities for each chapter to network and interact with students and professionals from other institutions. Each student will have the ability to participate in workshops, tours and more.

“This conference will give us opportunities to build our team, further our futures, learn new skills, and participate in events that only Business Professionals of America offers,” says McArthur.

“As a first-year organization, it is amazing how well our students have already done at competitions,” says McArthur. “I am so proud of this group and cannot wait to see where our future takes us.”

Alma’s award-winners at the Michigan conference included the following:

  • Aaron Barnes, Alma sophomore
  • Nicholis Fowler, Alma first-year student
  • Emma Herron, Midland senior
  • Dylan Marshall, St. Ignace sophomore
  • Skylar McArthur, Mussey senior
  • Alexandra Raden, Caledonia sophomore
  • Kali Rhines, Grand Rapids junior
  • Benjamin Skinner, Pickford first-year student
  • Emma Vrooman, Farmington Hills sophomore
Story published on February 19, 2018