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Business Students from Bay College and Lake Superior State University receive awards at Leadership Conference

The Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) took place in Chicago, Illinois from May 10 – 13, 2024. The Bay College / LSSU Regional Center BPA student club was among the many contestants that attended the event. Out of the club’s two competitors, Griffin Johnson and Tregan Lippens, both medaled in their respective events.

Griffin Johnson, the BPA Club President, took first place in Ethics & Professionalism, second place in Prepared Speech, and third place in Contemporary Issues. Tregan Lippens, the BPA Vice President, captured second place in Ethics & Professionalism and fourth place in Contemporary Issues.

This year’s NLC attracted a record crowd of over 6,500 contestants from high school and college levels alike. Griffin Johnson expressed his gratitude to all of the sponsors who made the trip possible. “I’d like to thank all our sponsors that made this trip possible,” he said. “Without your support, none of what we experienced would be possible.”

Griffin Johnson also stated that this year’s NLC was one of the best experiences of his life. He enjoyed competing at a high level, navigating rush hour traffic in Chicago and getting to experience traveling outside of his usual surroundings. The trip has furthered his educational experience and given him memories that will last a lifetime.

Business Professionals of America (BPA) was officially formed in 1966 as the Office Education Association (OEA). Over the past 50 years, BPA has served as an innovator in Career and Technical Education by providing its members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service and personal development.

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