From “NWTC business students head to BPA nationals” — GREEN BAY – Eight Northeast Wisconsin Technical College students have qualified for a prestigious national business skills competition.

The students are eligible to compete at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Orlando, May 7 – 12, 2013. They qualified during the statewide BPA Spring Leadership Conference, held in February in Green Bay. More than 100 students from Wisconsin Technical Colleges competed in the state event. 

“I am so proud of them for their participation and for their awards,” says Karen Derks, BPA Advisor. “Participation in the national competition is a great honor for them.”

The students and their BPA state awards are as follows:

  • Melissa Dodge (Green Bay), 1st in Administrative Support Team, 1st in Database Applications, and 2nd in Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • Christina Gardner (Cecil), 2nd in Fundamentals of Web Design, 5th in Keyboarding Production
  • Adam Mueller (Kewaunee), 1st in Digital Media Production
  • Yori Myers (Marinette), 1st in Administrative Support Team
  • Laurie Otto (De Pere), 2nd in Federal Income Tax Accounting,  3rd in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, and 5th in Financial Math & Analysis
  • Tonya Schumacher (Elkhart Lake) 1st Banking & Finance and 3rd in College Payroll Accounting
  • Brooke Shefchek (Green Bay), 1st in Basic Office Systems & Procedures and 3rd in Fundamental Word Processing Skills
  • Jacqueline Warpinski (Denmark), 1st in Project Management Concepts, 3rd in Administrative Support Concepts and 3rd in Management/Marketing/HR Concepts

Additional honors:

  • The BPA Torch Awards program recognizes students for their participation in seven categories including leadership, service and patriotism.  Three members of BPA were recognized at the state level of the program, the Statesman Award.  Honorees were:  Brooke Shefchek, Christina Gardner and Melissa Dodge.
  • Brooke Shefchek was also elected to the office of President for the Business Professionals of America State Association.

At the national conference, NWTC students will compete with more than 2,000 students from two-year and four-year colleges from across the United States.  Depending on their competition category, students may take written exams, solve business-related problems, or present their work to three-member judging panels.


From “WITC-Ahsland BPA students compete nationally” — Three students from the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Ashland chapter of Business Professionals of America recently competed at the national conference held in Chicago April 25-29.

Sheila Wilcox, Angela Kerfoot and Kaci Peterson joined 5,000 BPA members to compete in a variety of competitions to test their business skills.

Wilcox placed seventh in interview skills, and Peterson placed fourth in administrative support concepts, sixth in  basic office systems and procedures and sixth in fundamental word processing skills.

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