NIC students qualify for national BPA competition

Eleven students in the Business and Office Technology programs at North Idaho College placed at the recent state Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition in Boise March 4, qualifying them for the national competition. “These students compete against other Idaho two- and four-year colleges—even some master's degree students,” said NIC Business and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O'Brien. “They definitely hold their own in the competition and demonstrate the high-quality education at NIC. These students have worked hard as individuals and as team members. I am very proud of them.” The students competed in business skill competitions against others college students from across the state in BPA, a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business. Award recipients include: Morgan Purvis of St. Maries, first place in Extemporaneous Speech, second place in Prepared Speech and third place in Advanced Interview Skills; Cindy Kuhn of Spirit Lake, first place in Financial Analyst Team; Heather Wallace of Kellogg, second place in Administrative Support Team, third place in Medical Office Procedures and fourth place in Advanced Word Processing; Jenny Ennis of Sandpoint, second place in Administrative Support Team, third place in Spreadsheets and fifth place in Fundamental Word Processing; Tom Affeldt of Post Falls, second place in Administrative Support Team; Carmen Dawson of Coeur d'Alene, fourth place in Graphic Design Promotion and fourth place in Prepared Speech; Dawn Kushlan of Coeur d'Alene, first place in Graphic Design Promotion; Anna Northrup of Athol, first place in Financial Analyst Team, second place in Fundamental Accounting and second place in Payroll Accounting; Danny Myers of Coeur d'Alene, fifth place in Computer Network Technology and sixth place in Fundamentals of HTML; Jenny Rollins of Kellogg, first place in Keyboarding Production, second place in Administrative Support Team and fourth place in Spreadsheets; Tanya Pesaturo of Kellogg, first place in Financial Analyst Team, fourth place in Desktop Publishing and seventh place in Fundamental Accounting. In addition to placing in the competitions, 14 NIC students received the Torch Award for service and Kuhn was elected to represent the state of Idaho postsecondary division at the national conference as an officer candidate. The BPA 2005 National Leadership Conference will be held in Anaheim, Calif., at the end of April. The students are currently trying to raise the money necessary to fund their trip to the national competition. “Membership in BPA allows students to hone their leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills,” O'Brien said. “The conference will be the culmination of a school year's worth of education and training that members of the NIC chapter of BPA have received. The students are very excited about competing at the next level and all hope to attend nationals if finances allow. Donations of any type would be greatly appreciated.” For sponsorship or donation information, contact O'Brien at (208) 769-3264.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

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