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BPA club leader still undecided

Photo by Gavin Schuna
This is the new business teacher’s Travis Birklid’s class. As he has moved into his new role as a business and marketing teacher. After the departure of Schut there is no new BPA advisor.

After 17 years of experience and five-plus years at the helm of BPA club, as teacher Philip Schut left last spring. The club is currently facing challenges in finding a replacement within the school. Despite this, the BPA club is preserving with the help of volunteer parent Sanjay Singhvi. He hopes to keep the club alive as students continue to strive towards possible future business pathways and post secondary career endeavors.

BPA club is nation-wide organization that has more than 45,000 members, 1,800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico. BPA club’s mission and vision is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service. BPA gives tremendous insight into real world problems and real life assessment areas to compete against other students, In areas such as finance, business administration, management information systems and digital communication just to name a few.

With 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters that span not only to 25 states in the USA. BPA has grown their international presence as they reach beyond borders. Furthermore, as they have expanded to Puerto Rico, China and Haiti. As the BPA club has embraced a global perspective. Moreover, to give students and educators the powerful opportunity to empower not only there peers but everyone around them in the BPA club. As the reach has extended to new horizons. Equally important is the commitment to unite as a team, fostering collaboration to focus on higher-value work.

After five years as BPA teacher, Schut has left. “We lost a lot of members, It’s sad to see as the major change left members shocked leading to most of them leaving the club,” sophomore Emilyn Troup said.

As to what teacher will replace Schut is yet to be determined. “I think the best position or person to fill the role as BPA Club teacher, should be a business teacher as the business world contains a lot of financial and a business teacher would provide powerful insight,” senior Evan Cadenhead explained.

We lost a lot of members, It’s sad to see as the major change left members shocked leading to most of them leaving the club.

— Evan Cadenhead

BPA club offers a wide range debate categories to pick from. First and foremost, they can debate fellow competitors about Digital communication and design to finance. There are over 90 more categories they can pick from as BPA club strives to diversify there topics. Furthermore, this diversity ensures that every student can find something they are interested in. This interest can lead to a possible stepping stone in a career pathway they are interested in. Moreover, as they learn more about it from peers, educators, research, and expand on a higher level through process. as the possibilities become even more enticing.

As BPA offers a lot of different and diverse fields to business related topic to debate fellow students in, BPA Club has many different competitions from personal finance to finical management and also spaces like finical analysts team. This has also let students try many different sectors to possible experience and learn more about feature career pathways. As it shows the problems that the fields and sectors state wide and nation wide are experiencing right now, explained junior Coolsjes Singhvi.

Community service is also a big component of BPA club. First and foremost, they engage in community service acts to help build a sense of responsibility for those students. Through practicing in service projects, fundraising and volunteer work, all to give back to there community. Furthermore, this is just one of the many ways that BPA club is diverse and is not only focused on competitions. Besides, BPA Club also connects to clubs such as speech and debate. This exemplifies to the students the importance of connecting and leaving a positive impact on there community. They not only contribute to the better of the community, but also leave with a strong sense of social responsibility.

“I think public speaking is a big part not only in BPA Club but it also helps me in speech and debate, As essential you are giving a presentation about business and there topics. As the community is well connected through the meetings and group of students,” Troup said.

” We have been shown the importance of volunteering and being able to make yourself open to getting help from the outside, as we have been able to do chipotle fundraisers  and also host a winter drive for kids in need,” Singhvi added. About the impact BPA Club has on there community and how they strive to be more connected.

As the BPA Club starts up there season, they meet every Tuesday as they learn more and more about their field of business . First and foremost, they are still left without any school staff to be their advisor, teachers need to take this opportunity to help these kids enrich their knowledge in possible career pathways in business or other related fields. BPA Club needs an advisor who works in the building and has a passion and drive to help these students enrich there future.

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Gavin Schuna
Gavin Schuna, Business Editor
My name is Gavin Schuna, and I am a junior business editor. I play hockey and tennis and one of my favorite hobbies is pickleball. I enjoy going on the river and hanging out with friends. I am most looking forward to writing about sports this year.  

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