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Two WHS students advance to national BPA conference

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School students Larry Leovan and Alicia Khatt have embraced this modern era. Their technological skills were recognized March 10-12 at the Minnesota State Spring Business Professionals of America Leadership Confere...

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Kari Lucin/Daily Globe WHS students Larry Leovan (left) and Alicia Khatt will compete May 4-8 at the National BPA conference in Washington, D.C.

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School students Larry Leovan and Alicia Khatt have embraced this modern era. Their technological skills were recognized March 10-12 at the Minnesota State Spring Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, earning them an opportunity to compete at the National BPA conference in May.

Leovan and Khatt competed individually as part of the BPA team at WHS. Students in BPA can choose to compete in more than 70 categories, ranging from information technology to administration support and networking.

A WHS sophomore, Leovan competed in the Digital Media Production category and placed second during the state conference.

Khatt, a freshman at WHS, placed third at the state conference in the category of Graphic Design Promotion.

Much of the students' efforts are done individually, and students can begin work on next year's project at any time. The goal of each category is to promote the BPA organization through various mediums.

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Leovan endorsed the BPA National Leadership conference through a video that he began working on last summer. He utilized the theme of Chicago -- the location of the 2012 national conference -- and incorporated the city's historical and visual appeal while creating his video.

Khatt's efforts were focused on designing a flyer, which she titled "Advance Skyward."

"It shows achievement and moving forward toward your goals and success," Khatt explained of her work.

"When I design my work, I try different techniques," she added. "I survey my teachers and other students to try to find out what they like."

The national conference will bring on a heightened sense of competition, but both students look forward to being exposed to a diverse group of creative projects.

Leovan placed fourth at the state competition last year, leaving him just shy of qualifying for the national conference. He hopes competing at the national level this year will expose him to even more techniques available in the realm of video production.

"I'm excited to learn how to better hone my skills and how to become better at creating visuals," Leovan said.

Khatt is pleasantly surprised she made it to the national conference during her first year in BPA. She looks forward to continue to strive for success during her future years in BPA, and she has already noticed an improvement in her creative abilities and communications skills since being involved with the organization.

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Prior to nationals, Leovan and Khatt competed in the regional and state tournaments, where judges critiqued their works. The students were able to make adjustments after each tournament and will submit revised versions of their projects for the national competition.

Leovan and Khatt will also have opportunity to have their work recognized on next year's promotional materials if they place within the top three in their categories.

In addition to competing in their respective categories, the students will represent the state of Minnesota in helping to elect the organization's national officers for next year.

Leovan and Khatt will compete at the national conference from May 4-8 in Washington, D. C.

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