Three young ladies from Tuloso Midway High School are heading to nationals after their performances at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Forth Worth on March 2-5.

Cassidy Scott, Selene Vargas and Barbara Bruce will head to Washington D.C. on May 4 to represent not only TMHS, but the entire State of Texas at the National Leadership Conference.

At the state conference, Cassidy Scott advanced to nationals in computerized accounting,

Selene Vargas made nationals in advanced office systems and procedures and Barbara Bruce, in her first year in accounting and BPA, made national alternate. Bruce was later called up to serve as a national competitor, alongside her two classmates.

These three students will join over 5,000 other conference delegates who will participate in business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions and vote on national officer candidate campaigns.

The opening for the event will take place at the foot of the Washington Monument, and during the conference, students will have the opportunity to visit other historical Washington D.C. Monuments, memorials and museums.

TMHS BPA sponsor Debby Hughes said all three girls, along with the other members of the BPA state leadership conference team did an outstanding job.

National alternates at the state conference included the financial analyst team of Scott, Bruce, Aidee Cantu and Saira Brown, the network design team of Shanket Bhikha, Sean Sandoval, Clemente Armendaiz and Pedro Garcia. Cantu was also named a national alternate in extemporaneous speech. All of these students were recognized at state.

"Each year we're getting stronger. This is my fifth year and each year we have a bigger display at state. Last year, Cassidy Scott also participated at the national level on a financial analyst team and she was ranked first on that financial analyst team at state and seventh overall in the nation. She also competed in computerized accounting last year and is ranked right now at 12th in the nation," Hughes said.

"Selene Vargas competes in both UIL Computer applications and BPA advanced office systems and procedures. This is her second year in BPA."

Both Scott and Vargas are also Microsoft Office certified, which means they have received advanced office systems training in the use of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint. Following a certification test, which is offered to advanced computer students at TMHS, they were given their official certificates. Only 25 percent of advanced computer students at TMHS achieve that goal.

Hughes said Bruce has definitely made a mark this year.

"To be recognized at the state level and to be competing at the national level your first year is awesome," Hughes said. "Putting computers with accounting is something needed by everybody. There is not an industry or profession that does not need someone to keep track of their money, and giving high school students an opportunity to understand the language of money and business, which is the language of accounting, is priceless."