NIC students earn honors at national conference

Seven students from the North Idaho College chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) earned honors at the 40th annual BPA National Leadership Conference May 10-14 in Orlando, Fla. 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. A total of 51 competitive events were offered in four categories: financial services, administrative support, information technology and management/marketing/human resources.
“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 are very proud to have these students represent North Idaho College at this national event.” 
Velda “Cindy” Kuhn of Spirit Lake served as national postsecondary parliamentarian during the conference, culminating a year of service to BPA at the national level. 
Morgan Purvis of St. Maries placed first in Advanced Interview Skills and was the acting postsecondary president for the state of Idaho this year.
Kelsey Bonds of St. Maries placed second in Desktop Publishing and third in Presentation Management as an individual.
Dawn Kushlan of Coeur d’Alene placed fourth in Graphics Design Promotion.
Tim Hetzler of Spokane placed fifth in Administrative Research Project and fifth in Financial Analyst Team.
Chris Arnold of Post Falls placed sixth in Legal Office Procedures.
Robert Hoss of Coeur d’Alene placed fifth in Financial Analyst Team.
Danny Myers of Coeur d’Alene placed eighth in Computer Network Technology and eighth in Information Technology Concepts.
Carmen Dawson of Coeur d’Alene participated in the Postsecondary Leadership Academy and Internship Program.
Purvis, Myers, Hetzler, Kushlan, Dawson and Kuhn 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 and Kuhn received the Outstanding Postsecondary BPA Member Recruiter Award for recruiting the most postsecondary members.
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, BPA Marketing and Public Relations, Community Action and the 2006 Outstanding Special Olympics Award. The NIC chapter members were instrumental in the state of Idaho being awarded the postsecondary Professional Cup, which represents national recognition for community service and student involvement in the organization.

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

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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