Rich East High School students recently competed at the Business Professionals of America State Tournament in Oak Brook. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:08AM
After months of research and practice, the Rich East High School Business Professionals of America team recently headed to the state tournament.
The seven Rocket future business leaders — Teagan Thompson, Anna Kurnat, Anna Farley, Rebecca Dorantes, Gabrielle Hernandez, Sarah Abbott and Elyse Terrazas — competed against hundreds of other students in Oak Brook.
Bob Frederick, longtime Rich East BPA sponsor, said competition at the state level is intense especially with so many larger schools that have expanding business programs.
Competing in their events at state were Thompson, BPA president, in fundamental word processing and administrative support team; Kurnat, vice-president, fundamental word processing, administrative support team; Farley (secretary), fundamental word processing and administrative support team; Hernandez, historian, payroll accounting and desktop publishing; Dorantes, legal office procedures and administrative support team.
Also, Abbott, legal office procedures, keyboarding production and financial math; and Terrazas, medical procedures and keyboarding production.
The BPA Nationals will be in Orlando, Fla., in May.
“This is always such a great experience for them, as they gain an understanding about the business world,” Frederick said in a news release. “It is a great beginning for life-long learning skills.”
One of the best skills they are learning is camraderie, necessary in business, sports and life, he said.
Several members of this year’s team were high medal winners at last year’s regional and state competition.
They include Farley, Kurnat and Thompson, all sophomores. Abbott, Dorantes and Terrazas also are sophomores and Hernandez is a freshman.
“Business Professionals of America is a fantastic way for students to experience the business world and discover their strengths and weaknesses,” Thompson said in a news release.
“BPA has allowed me to meet new people and try new things,” Kurnat said in a news release. “Before BPA, I had no idea what I was going to do about my future. Now I have many ideas and have learned skills that I otherwise wouldn’t posses. I am so grateful for BPA.”
“Two things I really like about BPA is the opportunity to meet new people who are interested in the same things as me, and how we get to
become more involved with the way the world works as we grow older,” Hernandez said.