EDINBURG – Students from Edinburg CISD’s Career and Technical Education program recently won awards for audio video production during the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in Orlando, Florida.

“This was an incredible experience for our students,” ECISD Audio Video Production Teacher Susan Smith said. “The National Competition offers the students not only an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and educational development, but also exposed them to activities they had never experienced before.”

The Audio Video Production students placed second and third in the nation in Virtual Multimedia and Promotion Team. Members of the second-place team were Leslie Salas, Dariela Rios and Bryan Flores. Members of the third-place team included Chris Cepeda, Donovan Luevano, Nick Parkinson and Yovan Zamora.

Each team created a 1 to 2 ½ minute digital promotion and was required to develop a corporate training video to guide employees on how to properly use social media to market and promote a conference, including the professional use of personal social media to represent a company and conference.

“For many of the students this competition was the first time they had spoken before judges and at a conference, as well as, their first airplane flight,” Smith said. “The dedication displayed by these students is commendable and the students celebrated their accomplishments at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, where, according to Walt Disney – Dreams Come True.”

Approximately 6,000 students, advisors and guests from across the United States participated in Business Professionals of America’s 51stNational Leadership Conference.

The National Leadership Conference is a culmination of the hard work and effort put in by members throughout the year. It brings students from across the country together to participate, network and compete. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers, and tours of Orlando and Central Florida sights and attractions.