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West BPA sweeps at State Leadership Conference

43 students qualified for Nationals at the State Leadership Conference, setting a new school record.
Wesal Haroun
Ciram Shargawi ’25, Layan Ahmed ’25, Haya Saeed ’24, Wesal Haroun ’24 and Omnia Ahmed ’26 pose with their plaques on stage after the awards ceremony.

Fifty-seven students traveled to Des Moines, Iowa Feb. 18-20 to compete in the annual Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference (SLC). There, West’s tradition of excellence and professionalism shined, with 43 students qualifying for the National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Illinois May 10-14. This set a new school record for qualifiers. In Chicago, students will have the chance to “seize the opportunity,” this year’s official Nationals theme, and compete with the hopes of placing amongst competitors from across the country and globe

Chapter members had a busy weekend beyond just competing. On Sunday, students attended a mentalist show performed by Brian Imbus, had a heated game night on Monday and spent Tuesday voting for state executive board officers. 

Two West BPA members were elected into state office. Jack Twait ’25 was instated as vice president of marketing, running on the campaign slogan of “With Twait, there is no wait,” and Junze Sun ’25 was elected into office with “Careers and Connections.” 


Here’s a detailed list of the results:

Global Marketing: 

Layan Ahmed ’25, Audrey Crawford ’26 and Myra Crawford ’26 (1st)

Karen Liu ’24, Dillon Croco ’24 and Jack Twait ’25 (3rd)


Xuvia Stevenson ’25 (1st)

Butali Butali ’25 (3rd)

Small Business Management Team:

Bashir Eltyeb ’25, Jane Lam ’24 and Evelyn Asay ’25 (1st)

Butali Butali ’25, Cyril McEachnie ’25 and Baraka Madumba ’24 (2nd)

Interview Skills:

Jack Twait ’25 (1st) 

Audrey Crawford ’26 (3rd)

Advanced Interview Skills:

Layan Ahmed ’25 (1st)

Dillon Croco ’24 (2nd)

Karen Liu ’24 (3rd)

Extemporaneous Speech:

Evelyn Asay ’25 (1st)

Visual Design Team:

Allison Asay ’26, Evelyn Asay ’25 (1st)

Ciram Shargawi ’25, Omnia Ahmed ’26 (3rd)

Prepared Speech:

Allison Asay ’26 (1st)

Presentation Management Individual:

Maggie Shin ’24 (1st)

Avanley Jones ’25 (2nd)

Presentation Management Team:

Wesal Haroun ’24, Vismitha Vuppala ’24, Haya Saeed ’24 (1st)

Lila Bihun ’27, Rayan Saad ’27, Lily Tentinger ’27, Ella Davis ’27 (2nd)

Ella Ciliberto ’27, Delores Hubbard ’27 (3rd)

Health Research Presentation:

Wesal Haroun ’24 (1st)

Delores Hubbard ’27 (3rd)

Podcast Production Team:

Avanley Jones ’25, Emily Hagiwara ’25 (1st)

Digital Media Production:

Mackenzie Oberbroeckling ’25 (1st)

Project Management Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (1st)

Matab Yagoub ’27 (2nd)

Digital Communication and Design Concepts:

Matab Yagoub ’27 (1st)

Junze Sun ’25 (5th)

Broadcast News Team:

Susanna Olson ’27, Kesly Wilkinson ’26, Emily Stong ’25, Stella Hunter ’25 (2nd)

Human Resource Management:

Ella Ciliberto ’27 (3rd)

Admin Support Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (1st)

Financial Math and Analysis Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (2nd)

Compter Program Concepts:

Matab Yagoub ’27 (2nd)

Junze Sun ’25 (5th)

Marketing/Human Resources:

Dillon Croco (2nd)

Junze Sun ’25 (5th)

Banking and Finance:

Junze Sun ’25 (5th)

Meeting and Event Planning Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (3rd)

Avanley Jones ’25 (4th)

Economic Research Team:

Junze Sun ’25, Ishan Harwani ’25, Aaron Kang ’27 and Samir Singh ’24 (2nd)

Parli Pro Concepts:

Matab Yagoub ’27 (4th)

Digital Marketing Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (2nd)

Audrew Crawford ’26 (4th)

Emily Hagiwara ’25 (5th)

Medical Coding:

Vismitha Vuppala ’24 (4th)

Planning Concepts:

Junze Sun ’25 (3rd)

Avanley Jones ’25 (4th)

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Jane Lam, Print Assistant Copy Editor
(she/her) Jane Lam is a senior at West High. This is her third year on staff reporting for the print publication. As an assistant copy editor, she loves the little details. Outside of the newsroom, you can find her on the Speech and Debate team, on the tennis court and baking with her friends among other things.
Wesal Haroun, Yearbook Co-Editor-in-Chief
(she/her) Wesal Haroun is a senior at West High and this is her third year on staff. She is the Trojan Epic Yearbook Co-Editor-in-Chief. In addition to photography and design, she likes to hang out with friends and binge-watch TV shows.
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