Pictured: This year's global-marketing team members include Logan Lopez, Christopher Gutierrez and Brian Arredondo.

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Teams win awards in state contest in Dallas

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr.

Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice High School Business Professionals of America brought home big honors this weekend following their state meet in Dallas. For the first time ever, all BPA students who attended the event made the top 8 finalist teams in the state, and every individual brought home a medal. The Alice High School BPA advisers are Lynette L. Rivadeneyra and Carmen Adames.

The Global Marketing team once again asserted their dominance in the state, taking first in the competition. This year's team members include Logan Lopez, Christopher Gutierrez and Brian Arredondo.

This was the first time for these students to compete for BPA. They had to create a Business Marketing Plan for a retail company attempting to expand globally. The portfolio consisted of company goals, competition, marketing mix, trends, resources, timeline and methods of success for their company.

Then students created a PowerPoint and had to convince the judges that their business plan was the best business plan compared to all the other 50 schools.

"It's kind of hard to meet, everyone has something different, but mainly, we started as a whole practicing on PowerPoint on Thursday. We had everything ready before hand, but the presentation, to practice as a team, didn't come together till the end," Logan Lopez said. "By all the practicing we did before hand, when we got together, we had it made throughout the last week before competition."

"If one of us get nervous during presentation, we all get nervous, so we tried to stay calm for one another," Brian Arredondo said.

They faced some strong competition from schools such as Friendswood, Plano, Peduka, Judson and others, but they pulled together as a team, stayed focused, and made it happen.

These Alice students had to present twice in the prelims and then finals to very well known business CEO's from some major business companies from the city of Dallas.

The AHS BPA Parliamentarian Team also competed against 50 other high schools, placing 4th in the state of Texas. Parliamentarian competition is one of the most difficult events at BPA competition, which makes their honor that much more outstanding.

This was the second time the team from Alice placed in the finals. Parliamentarian Team members included Christopher Longoria-President, Luis Mendoza- Vice President, Fred Gonzalez- Parliamentarian, Andrew Cantu- Historian, Kevin Tamez- Treasurer, Elissa Espinoza- Secretary, Christian Garcia- Member.

Last year the team placed ninth in state. He said the most difficult part was the amount of competition there was. The fact that they added new members to their team also made it difficult, getting them up to speed on the contest and preparing them for State.

"It was like last year pretty much. There was a lot of competition. But we went in there pretty confident. I think overall we did a pretty good job at state, and it was a good experience for everybody," Chris Longoria said. "I've gained so many new friends, friendships that will last forever, I love everyone of these guys."

The parliamentarian contest consisted of a 50-question test on Parliamentarian Procedures and then had to present a Parliamentarian Meeting in front of certified Texas parliamentarian judges. Students had to present twice during competition with two different agendas and with different judges.

Kevin Tamez Placed 7th in the 50 question test competing against approximately 450 students who took the test.

The Global Marketing team will represent the state of Texas at the National BPA Competition in Reno, Nevada on May 5.

"This will be the fifth time the AHS Global Marketing Team will be representing the state of Texas at nationals. It's a big accomplishment, and a big honor," team advisor Lynette L. Rivadeneyra said.