Plevna students embrace National BPA experience

Jessica Paul and Trinity Rieger.

By Jessica Paul

On Tuesday, April 30, Trinity Rieger, Jessica Paul, and adviser, Ms. Kirschten took to the skies for the National Business Professionals Conference in Anaheim, CA. On Wednesday, Montana had their state event at Seal Beach. This was a time for students to explore the beach as well as the small community’s shopping experience. That night was the Opening Session of the conference, where participants had the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker, Kevin Allen, the creator of E.I Games. He spoke to the students about the defining moments of their success. Trinity and Jessica rose early to begin their competitions and workshops. Trinity competed in Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts, 152/396, Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, 91/346, and Business Meeting Management Concepts, 28/423. Meanwhile Jessica tested in Payroll Accounting, 38/61. After lunch, the girls went to a workshop about planning for their futures. The Post-Secondary National Officers talked to students about the challenges that they may come across as they journey through higher education. They showed students tools that would help them to navigate these challenges successfully. They also helped students think about what comes after college and their road bumps. Jessica and Trinity rose early again on Friday to participate in another workshop about making a difference in your school, community, and beyond. Northwood University shared information about finding everyday things that you could do to change the world. After their workshop was over, they journeyed to Hollywood for a tour. On this tour, they walked along the Star Walk, walked through Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, and went to the Dolby Theater and the Chinese Theater. The Dolby Theater is where the Oscars are held and the Chinese Theater is where many celebrities have put their hand and footprints into the pavement. Friday concluded with the SoCal Bash, a large party in the courtyard of three hotels. At the bash students could be found playing table games, eating at various food trucks, taking photos in a photo booth, testing their surfing skills on a simulator, playing mini golf, and listening to live music. On Saturday, the girls traveled to Hollywood again, but this time to visit Universal Studios. They went on a tram tour of the park, which included  stages for several famous movies and television shows. They also traveled past studios as sets were being put together and shows were being filmed. After the tour, they journeyed into the Harry Potter section of the park and later the Simpson’s section. That night they returned to the convention center for the final session of the conference. On Sunday, the girls and Ms. Kirschten woke up early to catch their flights home. Great job at the conference girls!