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This screenshot of Adam Tillman and Kolin Cannon’s animation shows characters created by the duo. The foreground character is Sam Adams, voiced by Tillman. The two-minute short is a feature of their comedic representation of the Boston Tea Party.

Three HHS BPA members to travel to Boston for award, national competition

On Tuesday, May 3, three members of Hardin High School’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) left for Boston, Mass. for one week to attend and compete in the National BPA Conference. 
Jeremiah Jabs will be receiving an Ambassador Torch Award, and Adam Tillman and Kolin Cannon will be competing in the Computer Animation Team event.
While in Boston, aside from BPA competitions, they plan to tour Harvard and MIT, visit the famous Cheer’s bar, whale watch and participate in a Special Olympics walk.
Also, as this year is the BPA’s 50th anniversary, the organization has rented out Fenway Park to host a dinner for the students participating in this year’s events and competitions. Alternative rock band X Ambassadors will be performing.
Ambassador Torch Award
Given at the national level, the Ambassador Torch Award requires 70 points in each Torch Category: Leadership, Service, Cooperation, Knowledge, Friendship, Love, Hope & Faith and Patriotism. Each activity is worth 5, 10, 15 or 20 points.
There are four levels of recognition: Executive, Diplomat, Statesman and Ambassador Torch Awards.
The Executive Torch Award is given at the local level and requires 10 points in each Torch category. The Diplomat Torch Award can be awarded at the local, regional or state level and requires 30 points in each category. The Statesman Torch Award, given at the state level, requires 50 points and the Ambassador Torch Award, given at the national level, requires 70 points in each Torch Category. 
“I’m happy that my senior year happened to coincide with the anniversary,” Jabs said. “It’s a nice way to end the year.”
Jabs – a four-year BPA member – will also receive a pin and a certificate at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. 
Computer Animation Team
In the Computer Animation Team event, BPA teams were required to create a two-minute visual animation. 
Since Sept. 1, Cannon and Tillman have spent more than 180 hours creating the animation, which placed second in the state BPA competitions in December.
The team’s animation is a personal rendition of the Boston Tea Party.
“The tone we kind of wrote for it was a comedic take on what happened in history,” Cannon said.
Every aspect of the animation from voice acting, editing and rendering, to the creation of the characters was done by the duo.
The team began the process by writing a script; soon after, a storyboard was created. After the storyboard, Cannon began creating rough animations of the setting and characters in a pre-modeling software called Blender. 
Using Recorder software, the team then began to record voices for their characters using the script.
“We started off kind of rough,” said Tillman, “but this year, we’ve almost completely blown-out other projects from previous years.”
Canon and Tillman have been BPA members since their sophomore year. This will be their first trip to nationals and Boston.
“I’m excited but a little nervous too, mainly because I’ve never been to Boston,” Cannon said. “Competing nationally makes me feel on-edge to where [the animation] has to be perfect.” 
If the team’s animation makes it into finals, they will compete on May 8.