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BPA Members Visit Orlando for National Leadership Conference

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Cascade students attending the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference pose near Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

Cascade students attending the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference pose near Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

Photo courtesy of Linda Cotton

Photo courtesy of Linda Cotton

Cascade students attending the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference pose near Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

Quincy Balius, Student Editor

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There was a little more business going on than usual in the Sunshine State this past week. The Cascade chapter of Business Professionals of America adventured to Orlando, Florida from May 7 to 14 to compete in the National Leadership Conference.

The chapter stayed at Walt Disney World’s Swan Hotel for the conference, a gorgeous building with many restaurants and shops. They explored Disney’s Magic and Animal Kingdoms, walked through the countries of the world at Epcot, had a blast at Universal Studios, traveled through film at Hollywood Studios, and played in the waves at Daytona Beach. Students experienced food from all over the world at a variety of areas and from right on the Florida coast at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co.

In addition, the chapter fought for placings in a myriad of events.  Junior Quincy Balius took home the bronze in Business Law and Ethics, placing third in the nation. The Cascade chapter itself won the Service Learning Award and the Chapter Excellence Award, which are given for community service and a number of chapter qualifications respectively. Juniors Kara Lorance, Quincy Balius, and Brooke Hanson, and Kelsey Lappier, as well as seniors Jenny Taylor and Tristan Stockton, all received the prestigious Ambassador Award. This award is given for service, leadership, and community displayed by the recipient.

Kelli Ober and Becca Gerard served as voting delegates at the convention and helped elect the new national officer team.

Junior Becca Gerard said about the trip, “We went to Orlando with the best group possible, and all our activities were amazing, especially Disney World. Competing in Parliamentary Procedures at National Leadership Conference was challenging, but it made us a better team even though we didn’t make it to finals. In voting delegate sessions, it was great to meet the candidates for who they really were.”

What a great trip! Congratulations to all NLC BPA competitors!

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