They mean business

Kaylee Campbell (left) and Marissa Johnson recently attended the Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX. Submitted photo

Campbell, Johnson find success at national BPA contest

By Per Peterson

Best friends Kaylee Campbell and Marissa Johnson are ending their high school careers on a very high note.

The two Tracy Area High School seniors recently returned from attending the 2022 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX.

“Competing at BPA NLC has been a dream several years in the making,” Campbell said. “I last had the opportunity to compete on the national BPA stage my freshman year, but then the pandemic hit and it has been virtual since. It was amazing to be back in person at the national level in the beautiful city of Dallas for my final competition of senior year. I was excited just to be there with my best friend, and it was a very full-circle moment for us as we also competed together at NLC at the beginning of our high school careers. It was a huge moment for both of us to be able to celebrate all of our BPA success by claiming top places in the nation in several events.”

The pair did indeed make quite an impression. Campbell took second in Management, Marketing, and HR Concepts; third in Administrative Support Concepts; and was a finalist in Business Meeting Management Concepts and Prepared Speech. Johnson took third place in Fundamental Desktop Publishing.

Johnson, who like Campbell has been in BPA since her freshman year, called the trip unforgettable and said it served as a reminder of how much she has left to learn and explore as graduation nears.

“Dallas was such a unique and eye-opening experience, and getting to stand on the national stage was just the cherry on top,” she said.

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