Getting down to business

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Matthew Matakovic (10) celebrates his second place award with the dance move, “The Dab.” Matakovic placed in C++ Programming.

Cami Wallace

From Sunday, March 6 to Tuesday March 8, Business Professionals of America stayed in Indianapolis, Ind. for the state competition. Twenty-three members attended the convention with two competitors winning first place.

“Winning [first] was really surprising because I didn’t think I did that well. It’s a good feeling. [I didn’t think I did as well because] I kind of just took the loss on half of it. I guess I’m good at guessing, but I’m glad I got two awards,” Sarthak Aggarwal (12) said.

Students who placed first to fifth are allowed to attend Nationals, which is held in Boston, Mass. from May 5 to 9 for the 50th anniversary.

“It feels pretty good to get to go to Nationals. It will probably be a bigger celebration. It sounds like there will be fireworks or something cool at Fenway Park,” Joseph Grzybek (11) said.

Before the awards ceremony on Tuesday, members could occupy themselves with different activities other than their event.

“There was two leadership sessions. The first one was one with an introduction and a keynote speaker. The second one was a recognition session where everyone who did BPA Cares or Torch could come and see who received Torch. There was also a special event which was a Social Media Blitz where we sent out a clue to where state officers were hiding for prizes,” Jay Chopra (12) said.