Students excel at competition

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West Las Vegas Middle School has a chapter of Business Professionals of America with a respected tradition of success. Though nationally recognized, the chapter began the year with new leadership and very few experienced members.

Nevertheless, the group learned how to conduct successful fundraisers, as it set forth upon its mission to compete at the state B.P.A. conference in events such as video production, website design, graphic design, spreadsheets and both prepared and extemporaneous speech earlier this month.

The group also spearheaded an anti-littering campaign at school to educate other students on how to be responsible consumers.

At the state competition, the group achieved successes.  

Seventh grader Orlando Tenorio became a two-event state champion in both Spreadsheet Applications and Business Communications Skills, while placing in two other events.  

Ray Romero surpassed his own goals by winning the Extemporaneous Speech competition, an event the chapter dominated.  

Leigh Baca was leader for a team of students who created a video about the impressive band program at the middle school that is directed by Jose Muñoz. The video won first place at the state competition.  

Sean Gonzales led a group of eighth graders to second place with their website on the Special Olympics.

Sixth grader Andrea Ulibarri placed twice in the state competition, in both Spreadsheet Applications and Business Communications Skills.  

A number of other students placed in events, such as Ariana Chavez in Business Math and Pedro Montaño in Business Fundamentals.  

Twelve West Las Vegas Middle School students qualified for the National Competitions in Orlando, Fla., including seven state champions.  

The 12 members who qualified for the national conference in Orlando are now reworking their projects while fundraising to be able to afford the trip to Florida. The students are receiving support.  Southwest Capital, Wells Fargo and the city of Las Vegas have contributed to these students’ cause. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the State Employees Credit Union are providing opportunities for fundraising. Dozens of businesses across Las Vegas have donated small prizes and gift certificates.  

B.P.A. advisers George Arguello, Sonya Romero and Marcus Gottschalk, along with the parents and students at West Las Vegas, said they appreciate all the support they receive from the community.

These Dons and Doñas are carrying forward the tradition of B.P.A. achievement at West Las Vegas Middle School and are showing that with effort all students are capable of working toward success.