WITC-Rice Lake winners at BPA state conference
(3/21/11): WITC-Rice Lake was host to the annual Business
Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership conference in February that was
attended by 109 students from 13 Wisconsin technical colleges.
The theme was “Stand out from
the Crowd” and the Rice Lake students certainly did. WITC-Rice Lake was well
represented by 19 students and received a substantial number of awards in the
more than 45 competitions.
Students were tested on many
levels of knowledge and skills in areas such as word processing, accounting,
legal and medical office procedures, interviewing and speaking, insurance
concepts, human resources, computer networks, web design and many others.
Besides the competitions, the three-day event also included electing new
officers, leadership seminars, and some time for fun and networking with
students from other schools.
WITC-Rice Lake students who
placed in the competitions were: Cindy Aherns, Spooner, one 1st place, two 2nd
place, one 3rd place; Rose Boettcher, one 1st place; LouAnn Cordes, Turtle
Lake, two 1st place, two 3rd place; Jennifer Eskola, Rice Lake, two 1st place,
two 3rd place; Elizabeth Goebel, Gilman, one 2nd place; Greg Hamner, Rice Lake,
five 1st place, two 4th place; Sarah Heller, Spring Valley, one 1st place; Dale
Hove, Turtle Lake, two 3rd place, one 4th place, one 5th place; Courtney Krenzke,
Rice Lake, one 1st place, one 2nd place, one 3rd place, one 4th place; Donna
Michaelson, Chetek, one 3rd place; Jacob Orf, Turtle Lake, three 1st place, one
2nd place, one 4th place; Sandy Sirianni, Rice Lake, one 1st place, one 5th
place; Anastasia Smith, Frederic, two 2nd place, two 4th place; Justin Virkus,
Luck, one 1st place, one 5th place; Rachel Virkus, Luck, one 1st place, one 4th
place; Jennifer Zinsmaster, Cameron, two 1st place, one 2nd place, two 5th
place. Also participating were Jessica Hunter and Shanay Sadowski.
Seventeen of the students are
hoping to attend the National BPA Leadership Conference in May in Washington,
At the awards banquet, Scott
Elza, WITC-Rice Lake accounting instructor, was also presented with a Business
Professionals of America Honorary Life Membership for his leadership and
professionalism that “have been an inspiration to our organization as well as
the business and education community.” Elza is not only an advisor to the
students at the Rice Lake campus, but active on the state and national BPA
Business Professionals of America is
the leading Career Technical Student Organization for those pursuing careers in
business management, office administration, information technology and other
related career fields. BPA has more than 51,000 members nationwide. Their
mission is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through
the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.