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Business students to compete in national conference

This spring about 70 middle level students and more than 100 secondary students have qualified to attend the 2021 BPA National Virtual Leadership Conference from April 26 – May 9. There, students will have the opportunity to participate in competitive events, BPA Academy and college and career exhibits as well as network with business professionals.

About 240 high school business students from 21 high schools in the state participated in the 2021 Virtual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference last month. Students demonstrated professionalism during the week and competed in 52 events in the categories of management; marketing and communications; digital communications and design; management information systems; business administration; and finance. These students also campaigned for the state officer leadership team.

The event culminated with a celebration of leadership, recognition of community services, and the presentation of the 2021– 2022 state officer leadership team.

The following student members were elected to serve on the State Officer Leadership Team for 2021 – 2022:

President – Siya Brahmbhatt of MOT Charter School
Vice President– Noah Quasim of Newark Charter School
Secretary – Melissa Valcin of Lake Forest High School
Treasurer – Lanaya Haynes of Indian River High School
Historian/Parliamentarian – Rohan Konkimalla of Newark Charter School
Nidhi Patel of Odyssey Charter High School was named Student of the Year. Indian River High School received the Secondary Level Professional Cup.

About 175 business students from 12 middle schools statewide participated in the 2021 Virtual Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference. The middle level students competed in 15 events.

BPA thanks keynote speakers Markevis Gideon of Nerdit Now, Katey Evans of The Frozen Farmer, and Ryan Nkongnyu, National Secondary President of Business Professionals of America.

BPA is the leading Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. For more information, please visit the BPA Web site at or contact Lisa Wilson, Ed.D., Delaware BPA state advisor at

Alison May
(302) 735-4006