Spellman Establishes Shepard Business Professionals of America Club

Aniyah Clemons

Alan B. Shepard Highschool introduces the Business Professionals of America club.

Adviser and founder of the club is business teacher Jennifer Spellman. The club has been recognized nationally since 1966, however Spellman had the idea to start Shepard’s very own Business Professionals of America club.

The club once was at Shepard,however it ended around 15 years ago.


Spellman reached out to the BPA State advisor Glenna Pyzik and arranged a rendezvous, in which they talked about the arrangements of the club and other specifics.

Last year Spellman even met with specific students of hers who showed interest in the club,and so far this year there’s around 25 students who are already interested in the club.

 The club meets in A 209 every other Thursday morning, however there will be more meetings during the winter and spring.

The national club has over 40,000 members nationwide. They mostly focus on competitions in which students compete in business related events such as video making,taking accounting exams, and performing a business interviews, etc. 

There are 90 different events, and each student will compete in up to two events .There will be an area competition at the beginning of January. Students who advance out of area will then move to the state competition, and from there Nationals is at the beginning of May.

“There are lots of events so there is something for everyone,” stated Spellman. “They will compete at the regional level and then if they make it,they can move on to the state level.”


The essential goals of the club are to strengthen student participation in a ‘professional ,community service and social endeavors’, according to Spellman. The Workplace Skills Assessment Program is vital program in the Business Professionals of America Club.


“It is BPA’s showcase program and facilitates students demonstrating their career skills at regional,” said Spellman, “state and national conferences in more than 90 competitive events.”


Overall the club is off to a great start with an eager and enthusiastic group of students and leaders.

“I am most excited for our competitions,” stated Spellman. “A major program of Business Professionals of America is the Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP).”