Senior balances leadership positions in three clubs

Claire Schultz | Staff Writer

A leadership role in a club can be time-consuming, let alone in three clubs. Senior Will Pack knows this all too well, as he is the president of Business Professionals of America, Model United Nations and Cultural Unity Club.

“Business Professionals of America is a professional development club where students can interact with different business programs that they choose to be involved in,” Pack said. Such programs include digital communication and design, finances and accounting, management information systems, business administration, among others.

During the BPA season, Pack had to balance running the club and making the extensive presentation for his competition.

“As the president, I’m responsible for organizing pretty much everything. The other officers and I set up the newsletter and interactions with Mrs. Nolan and Mr. Bowers to kind of make sure everything’s organized,” Pack said. “It’s my responsibility to be the top officer and make sure everyone else does their job and gets everything done.”

The responsibilities that come with being the leading officer of BPA are also apparent in Model UN, where Pack serves as president.

“Model United Nations is a club where we go to two conferences a year. We go to IUMUNC and IUPUI MUN, and we simulate the model United Nations there,” Pack said. “When we go we will represent certain countries or people, depending on the circumstance, and then we just kind of simulate political debate and a United Nations environment, but it’s obviously a simulation and it’s just really fun. We go for a weekend and have a good time.”

Cultural Unity is the third club where Pack presides as president, this time with co-president senior Lucas Kroll.

“By leading with other people in clubs, I’ve really learned how to manage people,” Pack said. “A lot of times I want to do everything, but it’s really important that I train other people on how to do stuff because I’m not going to be here next year and it’s important that they have the skills that they need to be able to run the club in my absence.

Although his leadership terms will be ending after this year, Pack hopes he will be able to take the management and business skills he has learned with him to college.

Students compete downtown in BPA state conference

Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer

On Sunday through Tuesday, 22 student representatives went downtown to compete in the Business Professionals of America state leadership conference at the Indianapolis Marriott.

Business Professionals of America, BPA, is a nationally recognized business club at Center Grove. Around the United States, there are over 2,300 chapters in 23 different states with an estimated membership of over 43,000 students.

“We competed all throughout Sunday and Monday doing our events, going to leadership sessions, and taking open tests. Then we had our awards ceremony on Tuesday,” Victor Gastelum ‘19 said, who competed in digital marketing and business and financial management.

BPA State is not solely about competing in business events, it is also about meeting people from other schools and networking, time-management, and enjoying what downtown has to offer.

“At BPA we spend much of our time going to different places to do events, eat, and hang out,” president of BPA, Will Pack ‘19 said, who competed in economic research and won in digital marketing. “We meet various different people from throughout the state of Indiana. Also, we have to be responsible for ourselves and getting to our events on time.”

Every year, the top performers in the competitions at State qualify for Nationals which is held in a different location every year. Center Grove had around 20 members participating at the State conference, with nine members qualifying for the national leadership conference in Anaheim, California.

“Qualifying for nationals was an exciting experience,” Phillip Golder ‘20 said, who won in legal office procedures. “To do well you had to type legal documents quickly and accurately. I practiced quite a bit, and even though I will not be attending nationals, I am still glad to qualify.”

Sophomores Christina Monev, Andy Lam, Dhrumil Patel, Parthiv Patel and Vaibhava Potturu competed and won as a group in computer animation during last week’s BPA state convention.

All five will be attending the National Leadership Conference from May 1-5 in Anaheim. There, the group will compete to rank nationally among other high school BPA chapters.

BPA: District Victories and the Road to State

Written by: Akul Vijayvargiya

Photos provided by: Andrew Rattin

Last Saturday, the BPA club took their business skills to the district competition. Led by a team of nine seniors, the Trojans sent 23 of their 26 members to the state competition that will take place March 6-8.

 

The Economic Research team is composed of three of the twenty-three members going to state. The trio of Ryan Stemle, Will Boston and Eli Baker

Ryan Stemle, Will Boston and Eli Baker make up the Economic Research Team.

Ryan Stemle, Will Boston and Eli Baker make up the Economic Research Team.

were not rattled by the competition at district. Baker claimed he and his team were confident right from the beginning of the day.

 

“We were pretty confident going into the competition. We were up all night preparing. In fact, we chugged a good amount of Red Bull to make it through the night and ended up presenting off of one hour of sleep,” Baker said.

 

Another team going to state is an all-junior team comprised of Andrew Rattin, Travis Livermore, Ian Elliott and Ethan Shepherd. Placing first at district in Small Business Management, Elliott disclosed the team’s winning formula.

Travis Livermore, Ethan Shepherd, Andrew Rattin and Ian Elliott make up the Small Business Management Team.

Travis Livermore, Ethan Shepherd, Andrew Rattin and Ian Elliott make up the Small Business Management Team.

 

“Though we didn’t know our task until a couple months ago, we had been mentally preparing for this for about a year now,” Elliott said.

 

Though the BPA team succeeded in what some members claim “a challenging district,” they must work much harder in order to proceed to nationals, a rare but achievable feat. Very few Trojans in the past have made it to that stage.  

 

“My personal goal is to silence [the other teams] by executing at state and hopefully proceeding to nationals,” junior Laura Lenkey said.

Laura Lenkey, David Hamilton and Jordan Gloyeske make up the Financial Analyst Team.

Laura Lenkey, David Hamilton and Jordan Gloyeske make up the Financial Analyst Team.

“In all honesty, our team is very similar to Steph Curry: unstoppable baby!” senior Joey Huberts, member of the state-bound district-winning Global Marketing Team, said.

Joey Huberts, Christina Randall, Jenilee Smith and Rosie Maharjan make up the Global Marketing Team.

Joey Huberts, Christina Randall, Jenilee Smith and Rosie Maharjan make up the Global Marketing Team.

Club president, Jenilee Smith, was beyond ecstatic about the success at district.

 

“I couldn’t be prouder of such a great group of students. However, the job isn’t finished yet. The ultimate goal is to qualify for nationals this spring,” Smith said.
The Trojans have high expectations for state. With a high ranking at the district level, they believe that they can compete with their counterparts at state and send a handful of people to Boston for nationals.

BPA Preview

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.”

  

BPA students qualify for state competition

Andrew Rattin '17, Kaylin Frantzreb '15, Graciela Macias '15, and Kassie Novak '16--members of the Small Business Management Team--pose with their second place award. The team advanced to state competition March 15.

Andrew Rattin ’17, Kaylin Frantzreb ’15, Graciela Macias ’15, and Kassie Novak ’16–members of the Small Business Management Team–pose with their second place award. The team advanced to state competition March 15.

The Business Professionals of America club competed in the district competition at Danville High School on Saturday, Jan. 17. Several students and teams advanced to the state competition, which will be held March 15-17 in Indianapolis.

Students competed in a variety of competitions ranging from computer programming to news production to extemporaneous speech. All competitions were related to careers in the business field. In individual competitions, the top 10 places advanced to the state competition, while in team competitions, only the first and second place teams advanced.

“We did amazing,” senior Graciela Macias said. “Everyone’s hard work paid off, so every team got to advance to compete at the state level.”

First place winners included junior Kassie Novak in Legal Office; the broadcast news production team including seniors Nick Evans, Noah Newkirk, Jeremy Wood and junior Rayce Patterson; the video production team including juniors Joey Huberts, Rosie Maharjan, Christina Randall and Jenilee Smith; senior Bailey Scott in C++ Programming and senior Nick Stricker in the Information Technology open competition.