Business Professionals of America compete at Bay College

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Participating in Business Professionals of America has become a rite of passage for high school students interested in sharpening their business professional skills.

Friday, 300 high school students from all across the Upper Peninsula competed in the 44th annual Regional Leadership Conference at the Bay College Escanaba campus.

Some 50 contests took place over the course of the day on topics ranging from job interview skills, to public speaking, graphic design and even television news broadcasting.

Contestants and presentations were judged on various elements by local leaders in their respective categories. There were even some familiar faces from right here at TV6 lending their input to some of Upper Michigan’s future reporters and news anchors.

Escanaba High School Junior, Gia Economopoulos says the competition leads to deeper understanding of a functioning workplace setting.

"I didn't realize the national impact that BPA has on the youth of America and how well it prepares the kids that live in this country to become the next generation of people who will lead our nation,” Economopoulos declared.

Awards were given out to the top finalists in each category Friday evening.