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National Leadership Conference

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was an American entrepreneur and pioneer who believed, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Students from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School found the courage to pursue their dream as they showcased their knowledge of vocational theory and skills in the national spotlight. GNB Voc-Tech students were among the approximately 7,000 students, chaperones, advisors and guests from across the United States participating in the 53rd Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference. Congratulations to the following students for showcasing their skills and making it on stage by placing among the top 10 in the country in their competitive events.

2019 Results

TOP 10 FINALISTS (in each category)

Broadcast News Team:
  • Abigail Arruda, Olivia Benoit, Kyle Faria, & Abbey Frias
  • Sarah Saulnier, Samantha Masse, & Ashley Almedia
Computer Modeling:
  • Abbey Frias
Network Design:
  • Wyatt Torre, William Charpentier, & Matthew Trommenschlager

GNB Voc-Tech received the Social Media Award and the Marketing & Public Relations Award. GNB Voc-Tech Alumni, Cassandra Lindo was elected President of the Post-Secondary National Officer Team.

The National Leadership Conference is a culmination of the hard work and effort put in by students and their teachers. It brought students from across the country together to participate, network and compete in various trade and leadership events. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, the election of national officers and tours of Anaheim sights and attractions. The highlights of the conference included a day-long volunteer event, leadership development workshops, SoCal Bash and the presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests.

“The National Leadership Conference allowed our students to exemplify with pride, the GNB Voc-Tech family way. Students enhanced their leadership skills and educational development through numerous workshops and certification programs. The conference also exposed them to today’s business professionals through various networking events throughout the week,” said chapter advisor, Maciel Pais, who teaches Information Support Services and Networking.

“The dedication and commitment displayed by our students and teachers throughout the school year is commendable and what better way to celebrate their accomplishments than at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where, according to Walt Disney, ‘Dreams come true.’” About Business Professionals of America Business Professionals of America, Inc. (BPA) is the leading career technical student organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, office administration, marketing, and other related career fields.

About Business Professionals of America Business Professionals of America, Inc.

(BPA) is the leading career technical student organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, office administration, marketing, and other related career fields.

Established in 1966, BPA is an intra-curricular national membership organization dedicated to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. The organization serves secondary, post-secondary and middle-level students and educators by offering programs based on national standards spanning five career pathways: finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication & design and management, marketing & communication.

For more information, visit: www.bpa.org