Twenty-eight Liberty High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students traveled to Cow Town, Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month to participate in the annual State Leadership.
There were over 2,500 students from all parts of Texas. Each of these students had to qualify during their regional competition to pass to the state. BPA includes all school sizes from 1A to 6A. Many schools are magnet schools specializing in business or vocational and technical education. Freedom was well represented by a group of outstanding students.
Three students placed at the top of their events. Senior William Waldrip returned to the ranks for a second consecutive time after a (virtual) trip to the Nationals last year with a sixth-place finish in Advanced Interview Skills. Sophomore Olivia White ranked seventh in Fundamental Desktop Publishing. These two students are national substitutes.
National qualifier Nailah Donatto placed second in her speaking competition, Business Ethics and Professionalism. Not only are these students successful in BPA, but they are also winners on the sports field, including cross country, football, track and field, soccer, baseball, and basketball. Liberty High School BPA also shares members with FFA, Theater and the Prancers. Donatto has also been part of the Texas All-State Choir for the past two years.
“Being involved in so many competitive activities makes it a unique challenge. I am very grateful for the flexibility and understanding of other coaches and sponsors. We truly have the opportunity to share a wonderful group of students,” said Richard Ewing, BPA Sponsor for LHS.
Also competing this year were sophomores Lexi Chaparro, Leslie Garcia, Ryan Hebert, Kade Jordan, Gage Pavliska, Oscar Secada, Valarig Torres and Henry Waldrip. Juniors included Alondra Barrientos, Cord Carter, Xemina Collazo, Landon Curry, Joseph Garcia, Kaylee Hernandez, Rachel LaCour, Nicole LaDoux, Isabella Merendino and Gayla Rose. The other seniors competing were Hannah Guzman, Kennedi Mumphry, Trinity Smith, Jordyn Watts and Eve White.
“It was the first year that we were part of an international competitor. I would like to thank our exchange student from Rome, Italy, Ms. Gaia Nocco. Gaia said she loves Texas! says Ewing. “If you see these students, be sure to congratulate and thank them for their hard work and dedication.”