WORTHINGTON - A group of Worthington High School students put their business knowledge to the test recently at the annual Minnesota Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference.

The seven WHS students that competed in the three-day conference March 8-10 in Minneapolis fared well, and one qualified for nationals.

After earning the Statesman Torch Award at state, sophomore Andy Garcia Arreguin will compete among 5,500 top BPA students across the nation May 3 at the 52nd Annual National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas.  

“I’ll go to nationals to receive my ambassador status,” said the BPA chapter treasurer.

In addition to Garcia Arreguin, six other WHS BPA students also competed in the annual Minnesota BPA State Leadership Conference.

WHS students that received state recognition include: Alvaro Fernandez Rodriguez, Nicholas Ramirez, Sergio Sanchez and Victor Villalobos, seventh place, broadcast news production team; Garcia Arreguin, 17th, extemporaneous speech and 17th, parliamentary procedure concepts; Benjamin Lopez, 18th, extemporaneous speech; and Fernandez Rodriguez, 13th, digital media production.

Garcia Arreguin said being a member of BPA and participating in competitions is helping him prepare for his future.

“(BPA) exposes us to different situations we may encounter in the business world or in life in general,” he said about the more than 60 competitive events focused on finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication and design and marketing and communication.

The competition aspect is not the only time BPA students are exposed to business-related practices.

At WHS, the student-led organization operate the school’s concessions and store year-round.

According to BPA Advisor Penny Troe, students are responsible for many business-related aspects in each situation from managing to restocking.  

The organization also hosts special events throughout the year.

While still in the planning stages, BPA week is April 23-27. Students will host a BPA fun night on April 24.

As has become tradition, the student-led organization will also sell and deliver flowers and bouquets around Mother’s Day. Flowers may be purchased later this semester at the high school office.

BPA students also just completed selling PopSockets - a smartphone accessory- as their community fundraiser. On Monday, students donated $1,050 to the city of Worthington’s animal pound.