Business-inclined students form club


Sisay Shannon-Tamrat

Last year, Business Department head, Mr. John Sabol, and a group of seniors from the investing club founded the Business Professionals of America at BSM.

BSM’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a club that welcomes students interested in the business industry to get an in-depth preview of careers in the field. Last year, head of the Business Department Mr. John Sabol, and several seniors––who were previously in the Investing Club––started BPA. Their overall mission is to form a more structured business club at BSM. The club’s purpose is to explore student’s interests through competing in multiple business-related events.

Every February, there is a regional competition in which students can compete in different events ranging from a financial analyst to “interview skills.” Both teachers and students have the opportunity to learn and practice real-world business abilities.

Senior Jack Magill was elected BPA president for the 2015-2016 school year. after taking campaign inspiration from America’s most renowned leaders, Magill believes his slogan was what truly secured him the and help to reform the organization: “My fellow ‘BPAers’, ask not what BPA can do for you, but what you can do for BPA. If you vote Jack Magill for President, he will certainly make BPA great again,” said President Jack Magill.

For the election process, all members cast votes for the people that are running for any of the six leadership positions in the club: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Historian.

As the BPA president, Jack plans on keeping the club active in the stock market. The President also helps prepare the club for events and assists in answering any questions club members may have.

I saw there was an event that focused on financial analysis and I decided to try it out

— Jack Magill, BPA President

Magill joined the group last year, the first year of the BPA club. Magill has always held an interest in business and financial marketing. “I saw there was an event that focused on financial analysis and I decided to try it out,” said Magill.

Last year Magill’s financial analyst team took third in the state-level competition; this success was primarily motivated Magill to return to the club. “This experience inspired me to come back for another year and try and get my friends to join, because I wanted more people to experience going to state and to learn more about business,” Magill said.