RLHS BPA students find success at Nationals

Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Photo by Colleen Volmund
Left to right: Red Lodge High School students Chloe Hill, Lexa Reimer, Malyn McJunkin and Shane Vomund won the State Championship Award for Broadcast News.

Camron Avent won graphic design and digital publishing at the BPA Statewide competition.

Red Lodge High School students showed their expertise on a State level bringing home a slew of Business Professionals of America awards from the BPA State competition held on March 10-12 at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

The competiton is an annual event and tests business minded students on a range of creative and professional skills. 

“We just found out today!” said Reimer on Tuesday, March 11, about the awards.  

“Way to go!” said Chelsea Emery, to the team which includes her daughter, Chloe Hill. “I’m just a proud parent!” 

Chloe Hill, Lexa Reimer, Malyn McJunkin and Shane Vomund won the State Championship Award for Broadcast News.

“They worked on a full news segment doing all the graphic design, sounds, lighting and stories as members of the Red Lodge chapter of Business Professionals of America, ” said  Adviser and RLHS business class teacher Theresa Reimer. 

These are not the only champions or awards from the school. Camron Azent won graphic design promotion statewide and digital publishing statewide.Lexa Reimer came in third for video. Website Design, 2nd place went to Jasper Poore, Sophie Avent and Jake Stockwell. Third at in video production were Elijah Lauver, Tyler Schrowe, Alexa Reimer and Calahan Barker. Zoe Aven was third in graphic design. Winning third place for Small Business Management Team were Emmalia Sager, Jasper Poore, Sophia Boughey and Kaleb Nell.  

Reimer said, “This is the fourth year that they have made it to the National Convention. 

Regarding the Broadcast News, Reimer explained, “No one can watch the performance. They’ve kept their team together and learned all these years to the point that when they present, the judges sit aback and are amazed that they know such technical skills about broadcast work.”

Asked if these are future broadcasters, Reimer said, “I haven’t heard of broadcast news as a main interest-there was one who said she’d study it on the side, but they love the video skills.” Videography is an interest and Alexa Reimer is already helping Instagram followers with their videos. “She is talking about business (as a major) with video on the side.”

Reimer said at first, “They felt like the judges were very stoic-possibly unfriendly, but by the end of the performance they were sitting forward and asking lots of questions. They (the kids) were pretty excited and confident.”

Reimer gets involved with her students’ progress. For example, she says she’s seen the broadcast news rehearsals “about ten times.”

“When they first start rehearsing, I’m pretty hard on them. They need perfection in presentation, it’s half its score. They compete against everyone- aa, a, b, c (schools).”

She said, “Every single day for six weeks they had to present to me.” Reimer says she’s usually a “gentle teacher” “but when it comes to BPA I give it to them!”

It shows in the results. “By the end of two weeks,” she said, “It’s a total different presentation than when we started. They really do the work to make it great.” 




Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
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    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  
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