Eight Ridgewater students competed at the May 5-8, 2011, National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in Washington D.C. Competitions focus on knowledge and practical application of skills needed in business careers.
Â Participants receiving awards in the national competition include:
|Brianna Johnson (Willmar)||2nd place, Fundamental Accounting
3rd place, Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
Finalist, Integrated Office ApplicationsÂ
|Amber Lee (Litchfield)||2nd place, Medical Transcription
2nd place, Medical Office ProceduresÂ
|Stephanie Vogel (Willmar)||1st place, Advanced Word Processing SkillsÂ|
|Makensie Paulsen (Hutchinson)||5th place, Medical Office ProceduresÂ|
|Michael Nistler (St. Cloud)||5th place, Extemporaneous SpeechÂ|
|Megan Siegfried (Atwater)||Finalist, Advanced Office Systems & ProceduresÂ|
|Heather Ruplinger (Olivia)||4th place, Desktop Publishing|
Â Additionally, the Administrative Support Team, consisting of Brittney Spanier (Paynesville), Stephanie Vogel, Megan Siegfried, and Heather Ruplinger placed 3rd in the nation!Â
Approximately 5,500 students and advisors from throughout the United States participated in Business Professionals of Americaâ€™s 45th National Leadership Conference. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers, and tours of Washington, D.C., sights and attractions! The highlight of the conference was the presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests. Our opening general session took place May 4 on the lawn of the Washington Monument.
In addition to student awards, Ridgewater BPA Advisor Beth Gravley received recognition for her 15 years as BPA advisor.Â Lois Flaig, another accomplished Ridgewater instructor was named in the opening ceremony as one of only two to receive the Outstanding Service Award.Â
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. Visit us at http://www.bpa.org.