New DCHS club prepares students for careers

By: 
Noah French Ranger-review Staff Writer
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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Members of the DCHS Business Professional of America Club (L to R) Cassandra Brattain, Darby Danishanko and Alex Anderson
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The Business Professionals of America club had been absent from Glendive schools, until the arrival of DCHS junior Darby Danishanko.

The BPA is one of many Career and Technical Student Organizations in Montana.

Among clubs like Future Farmers of America, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, BPA helps prepare students for their careers and lives after high school.

Danishanko moved to Glendive from Philipsburg for the 2019-20 school year, bringing with her a position as State Secretary of the Montana BPA.

According to club adviser and DCHS business teacher Brent Kolobakken, when Danishanko came to DCHS she brought the BPA with her, adding onto the 1,800 chapters the club has across the US.

Danishanko said that she joined BPA at the prompting of someone she looked up to.

“I decided to take a step and trust her and I’m grateful for it,” explained Danishanko.

Students in BPA participate in the Work Skills Assessment Program (WSAP), competing against other BPA students across 90 events.

Events fall into one of five categories: Finances and Accounting, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Digital Communication and Design and Management, Marketing and Communication.

While the DCHS BPA is still small, with only three currently active members, each member has qualified to compete at the state level.

On top of competing, Danishanko also has responsibilities as the State Secretary.

Alongside the other state officers, Danishanko helps plan leadership conferences for the BPA clubs in Montana. They also publish periodic newsletters throughout the year.

“She’s a very ambitious young lady,” Kolobakken said.

And Danishanko’s ambition seems to be paying off. On top of gaining a position as a state officer and performing well at WSAP, Danishanko said she has grown personally.

“I think I feel more prepared, I feel less anxious about my future because I am prepared,” explained Danishanko.

Danishanko plans study law after she graduates, and her time in BPA has been a major source of confidence that may help her along that path.

Danishanko recommends that any student join a CTSO like BPA that can prepare them for their life after school.

Reach Noah French at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

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