By Ryan Stemle

It’s that time of year again. The time where dreams get shattered but opportunities arise. The Business Professionals of America season is underway as Center Grove students prepare for the winter district competition.

The team of Joey Huberts, Christina Randall, Rosie Maharjan, and Jenilee Smith is anxious to get back into the competition.

“We are excited,” Huberts said. “But we also want to win and we are confident that we will.”

This team dominated at the district competition last year and made it to the state competition. They have high expectations for the 2015-2016 season.

There are also high expectations for the team of Will Boston, Ryan Stemle, and Elias Baker. These young men have made the state competition two years in a row, and two years ago they made nationals.

“Making nationals was incredible,” Boston said. “It really gave us confidence going forward and we walk into competitions now knowing that we will win.”

They compete in the Economic Research Team competition, and the chemistry that they have helps their success drastically. “

I would take a bullet for these boys,” Baker said. “I help them develop leadership skills and time management skills in order to be successful in the business field.”

Mrs. Nolan is the fearless leader of this club, and she helps the students prepare for the competition.

“Many of our students study business in college,” Nolan said.

This season could be a memorable one as many quality teams are returning for victory. However, there are new members such as Zach Griffith who are anxious to compete.

“I’m excited because I’ve got a talented team, and we want to do well at state,” Griffith said. “The competition should be fun, and it’s a good way to meet new people.”