West BPA attends Fall Leadership Conference

Students participated in mini-sessions, heard from a motivational speaker and participated in team-building activities.


Abbie Weipert

The state officer team concludes the 2019 Fall Leadership Conference

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

Members of West’s chapter of Business Professionals of America attended the 2019 Fall Leadership Conference in Urbandale, Iowa on October 20-21. The group of approximately 50 heard from motivational speaker Garret Lee, participated in a highly-competitive game night and attended a series of mini-sessions on business related topics – some of them led by West students.

Margaret Liu ’21, Schuyler Houston ’21 and Nate Nelson ’20 led a session about forming a leadership team within a local BPA chapter, referencing problem-solving methods used within West’s own BPA Executive Board.

Abbie Weipert
Nate Nelson ’20, Margaret Liu ’21 and Schuyler Houston ’21 present to students from across the state about cultivating a leadership team within West’s BPA chapter.

Employees from the student-led Pump it Up coffee shop led a session about in-school enterprises, explaining the process behind forming Pump it Up and how schools can create a similar business.

Two students, Jada Dachtler ’22 and Sara Hamed ’20, competed in the Shark Tank competition, each presenting a brief pitch for a business they’ve either formed or would like to form. Hamed, who presented a shower-temprature reader, took the first place prize of $50.

The conference was led by a team of state officers who were elected at the 2019 Spring Leadership Conference, two of whom are West High students. Parliamentarian Sophia Davis ’21 and Marketing Vice-President Chloe Gretter ’20 helped to plan and carry out the event along with a team of four other officers. 

The chapter was led by business teachers Diane Fickel and Abbie Weipert, who helped ensure the experience was rewarding for all who attended.