FIRTH — Firth High School (FHS) senior Brittney Robinson won first place last week in the nation in desktop publishing at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Washington, D. C.
This is the second time Robinson had qualified in this discipline at BPA nationals. The 2010 contest was in Anaheim, Calif.
"I wasn't expecting anything," Robinson said. "It was a complete surprise.
"I was just happy to make it to the top 10," she said. "I couldn't believe I had actually done it."
In the desktop publishing category, contestants are given a booklet, explaining the three projects that must be designed in 90 minutes.
The 78 competitors in this category completed a letterhead, calendar and newsletter.
BPA nationals was "fun," Robinson said. "You meet different people, new people from across the nation."
"You're introduced to how it's going to be in the real world," she said. "The convention puts an emphasis on the dress code."
Robinson liked sightseeing in D.C. She liked the Lincoln and FDR (Franklin Roosevelt) memorials.
"The Iwo Jima memorial is huge," she said.
Robinson plans to attend Boise State University next year, majoring in biology.
"I want to thank my advisor, Kim Harrison, for putting up with us throughout the year and encouraging us to do our hardest," Robinson said.
Robinson is this year's yearbook editor for FHS.
Brett Skaar, a FHS sophomore, also competed at nationals in graphic promotion. Out of 49 competitors, he placed 13th.
The last time a Firth student took first place at BPA Nationals was in 1993, Harrison said.