Calumet students excel at team management at BPA conference

Photo provided by Elsa Green Three CLK students placed in the annual Upper Peninsula BPA competition, which took place last Friday in Escanaba. From left: Courtney Kangas, Allison Remali and Kasey Kangas.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School Board congratulated three students who placed at the Business Professionals of America Region Five Leadership Conference at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

Courtney Kangas, Allison Remali and Kasey Kangas were joined by their adviser, Calumet High School Executive Administrative Assistant/Central Office Manager Elsa Green, and volunteer, Alina Harmala.

“The Business Professionals of America is a national organization,” Green said, “and Region Five is the schools in Upper Michigan.”

The event takes place annually on the first Friday in January at Bay College in Escanaba. Approximately 350 students representing 12 schools participated.

The competitions are across the business spectrum, said Green.

“We’ve got kids that do finance events, they do office events, they do computer events, anything you can imagine business-related,” she said.

The three students teamed up in a Team Management event. The team was tasked to plan a national leadership conference.

Green said the students had to select a city in which to hold the event, then conduct research to determine if there were facilities that could handle such a conference, as well as activities for the students who would be in attendance.

“They chose Seattle, Washington,” said Green, “and knocked it out of the park.”

They also participated in individual events, Green said.

Senior Kasey Kangas, who has been involved with BPA throughout high school, took first place in Advanced Accounting.

“Now, they advance to state competitions, which is in Grand Rapids in March,” Green said. “They will then compete against kids from across Michigan, and I think there are about 3,000 students that attend the state competition.”

Should they place in the state competition, they will then advance to the national competition, which will take place in Anaheim, California, later this year.