WITC students take top spots at BPA National Conference
(6/4/13): Once again students in the WITC-Rice Lake Chapter
of Business Professionals Association (BPA) proved that they certainly are
tomorrow’s business professionals. Ten students attended the BPA National
Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., the week of May 6, earning many
the conference general session, the WITC-Rice Lake chapter claimed five of the
seven post-secondary national chapter service awards, recognizing the active
participation of their members in the BPA Cares program --
Community Relief Award, Environmental Action/Awareness Award, Safety Awareness
Award, Special Olympics Award, and the Chapter Activities Award of Excellence.
The WITC-Rice Lake chapter
even brought home the coveted Gold Professional Cup, the highest community
service award given by BPA, for the top State Association with the highest
percentage in special recognition awards. Because the Rice Lake chapter was the
highest rated in Wisconsin, they were given the honor of displaying the large
trophy on campus until the 2014 national competition.
“This is one of my proudest BPA moments,” said BPA chapter advisor, Scott Elza.
“As far as I know, no other chapter ever has earned so many national awards”
addition, the National Emerging Advisor Award was presented to Jack Haines, BPA
WITC-Rice Lake chapter advisor. The award recognizes individuals who have given
five or less years to the organization but have already made significant
contributions. Haines was nominated by BPA chapter vice-president Courtney
Masrud with support from president Sarah Heller.
the conference there are also competitions, testing the students on many
levels of knowledge and skills in areas such as accounting, legal and medical
office procedures, interviewing and speaking, human resources, computer
networks, web design and many others. The top two awards for the Rice Lake group
were Jade Hutchinson, who placed first in Advanced Accounting, and Amanda
Heller, who placed third in Radio News Broadcast.