Pryor student places second at BPA Nationals

Pryor student places second at BPA Nationals
Posted on 05/21/2018
Jason Foley places second at BPA NationalsClaremore native Jason Foley was one of 10 students from the Northeast Tech Pryor Campus who attended a national skills competition as part of his CareerTech training, and his video project earned a second place finish.

“I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get first, but second is still great, especially considering I was by myself in a team event,” Foley said.

Foley is enrolled in the Business Administration, Multimedia and Graphics Program at Northeast Tech, and as part of his training, he participates in the Business Professionals of America (BPA). His video – a three-to-five-minute project outlining the importance of sleep – took second at the BPA State Competition earlier this year, earning him a trip to the BPA National Competition in Dallas. But the national competition came with an unexpected twist.

“On the day of our final competition, we had to go to a meeting room where they gave us a new topic. This time we had to make a one-minute video over how technology affects the way you sleep. We also had to submit the video within three hours,” Foley said. “After that, they judged our final videos and I got second place in the nation.”

Not surprisingly, the tight timeline presented a significant challenge for Foley to overcome.

“Thankfully, I managed to shoot, edit and submit the video in two hours and 58 minutes,” said Foley. “Any later, and I would have been disqualified.”

Despite the dramatic and nerve-wracking slide under the final deadline, Foley was able to have a little fun along the way.

“A ton of camera, lighting, and sound design skills that are used in big-budget filmmaking were incorporated into the production of these videos, and I really enjoyed getting to try out some of these skills,” Foley said. “Also, the place we stayed - the Gaylord – is such a gorgeous hotel.”

After graduation, Foley would like to work on a television news broadcast, but may also utilize his video production skills to start a YouTube or Twitch channel to fill the void until he starts a career. As he looks forward to that transition, he has a bit of advice for those students still in high school.

“All of the classes at Tech work with something called a Career Technical Student Organization. Do yourself a favor and join it,” Foley said. “It will expand your horizons considerably, and if you do well, that’ll be a shiny trinket to put on your resume.”
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