NIC students earn honors at national conference

Students from the North Idaho College chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) earned honors at the BPA National Leadership Conference April 22-26 in Anaheim, Calif. The students qualified for the national competition by placing at the state conference in Boise in March.

The students participated in workplace skills competitions, professional workshops and speaker sessions at the conference along with about 6,000 other students from high schools and colleges across the nation.

“NIC students competed with students from two-year colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities from across the United States,” said NIC BPA advisor and Business and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O'Brien. “The ability of our students to score among the best in the nation in these events speaks very highly of their capabilities and of the education they are receiving at NIC. We were very proud at the awards ceremony to see North Idaho College displayed on the big screen time and time again throughout the evening and to see our students on the awards platform.” 
Dawn Kushlan of Coeur d'Alene placed first in Graphics Design Promotion. This award placed her theme art and logo design in consideration for use during the 2006 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. next year. 

Jenny Ennis of Sandpoint received third place in Fundamental Word Processing and placed in the top 10 in Spreadsheets.

Morgan Purvis of St. Maries received a Membership Recruiter Award, placed third in Advanced Interview Skills and received a medal for Extemporaneous Speech.

Danny Myers of Hayden received a medal for Information Technology Concepts and Anna Northrup of Sagle was awarded a medal for Fundamental Accounting.

Heather Wallace of Wallace placed in the top 10 for Medical Office Procedures.

Velda Kuhn of Spirit Lake and Tanya Pesaturo of Kellogg received a medal for Financial Analyst Team.

Affeldt, Ennis, Wallace and Jenny Rollins of Kellogg placed second in Administrative Support Team.

Kuhn was elected National Postsecondary Parliamentarian. Kuhn, Purvis and Tom Affeldt of Post Falls were each presented with an Ambassador Torch Award at the conference, which is the highest BPA honor given for outstanding community service. Purvis and Kuhn also received the Membership Recruiter Award.

All of the students have been active in the NIC chapter of BPA during the 2004-2005 school year resulting in the chapter earning national awards in several categories: Quality Chapter Distinction, Membership Recruitment and Community Action.

For More Information
NIC Business and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O’Brien, (208) 769-3264

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2005

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