WHS student excels in BPA national conference

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School senior Doria Drost excelled at her last Business Professionals of America National Conference as a high school student.

WORTHINGTON - Worthington High School senior Doria Drost excelled at her last Business Professionals of America National Conference as a high school student.


Drost was recognized as 2017 Ambassador of the Year and was a finalist in the human resources and management competition. She had traveled to Orlando, Flo., along with BPA Advisor Penny Troe on May 9 for a two-day competition.


At the start of the conference, Drost took several tests in subjects that included accounting, computer programming, marketing and administration.



The human resources and management contest was the only competition during the event, and students had to solve a fictional workplace problem. Drost was among the 12 students chosen for the final round.


“My competition is a little extemporaneous in nature,” Drost said, “We do have a manual that we refer to for all our answers to the questions. When we go in, we have 20 minutes of prep time for a situation that we no idea what it is going to be.”


Drost said the final task took her by surprise since instead of solving a problem, she had to create two new company policies with regard to dress code and tuition reimbursement - something she had never done before.

“I wasn't expecting it so it was harder in that aspect - like I didn't know exactly what I was doing - but it was a really good experience just to try something new,” Drost said. “I also learned that there are other aspects to human resources than just solving problems.”



Drost said participating in the conference and obtaining a certificate in Microsoft Word will help her as she heads to Southwest Minnesota State University. She will major in marketing and management.

“I feel that it will be helpful not only in my coursework but also in job applications.” Drost said.


In addition, Drost participated in different service projects such as writing letters for veterans and collaborating in events to benefit individuals with special needs.


Drost said being part of BPA not only benefits her as a future professional, but also helps her to develop social skills.


“At the conference there was a lot of interaction with people that you don’t necessarily know,” Drost said. “It gives you an opportunity to just meet new people and pushes you out of your comfort zone in that aspect.”



Drost’s trip was not limited to academics, as she also had time to explore Orlando. She visited Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and other attractions.


“My advisor and I decided to cross off zip-line from my bucket list and obstacle courses and all that fun stuff,” Drost said.


She added that the trip helped her to discover new things about herself.


“I also learned that just traveling in general is something that I really enjoy,” she said. “I like meeting people from all over the country, and just getting to know where they come from and how one organization can change depending on where it is.”

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