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WITC students take top spots at BPA National Conference

The WITC-Rice Lake BPA chapter 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. back row, from left: Scott Elza, BPA advisor; Gladys Montalvo, Jade Hutchinson, Vanessa Vahlenkamp, Deb Hansen, Andrea Burak, Jack Haines, BPA advisor.Front: Courtney Masrud, Michael Ewer, Taylor Quinn, Jessica Floren, Amanda Heller.

(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 awards.

At 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”

In 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.

At 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.