NIC students earn top honors at state business competition


Eight North Idaho College students qualified to compete in the upcoming national Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition by achieving top placement in business-related events at the recent state competition in Boise March 2. The students competed with university and college students from across the state in business skills competitions through BPA, a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business.

“These students were wonderful representatives of North Idaho College not only in terms of academic success, but also in terms of service to the college and community,” said NIC Computer Applications and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O’Brien.

Award recipients include: Vanesa Braun, Coeur d’Alene, first place in Fundamental Accounting, first place in Payroll Accounting and first place in Administrative Support Team; Velda “Cindy” Kuhn, Spirit Lake, first place in Administrative Support Team and first place in Advanced Interview Skills; Tabatha Taylor, Hayden, first place in Administrative Support Team and second place in Payroll Accounting; Keifer Hofacker, Coeur d’Alene, first place in Web Site Design Team, second place in Computer Security and second place in CISCO Network Systems; Ashley Chaffin, Coeur d’Alene, first place in Web Site Design Team, first place in Graphic Design Promotion and second place in Desktop Publishing; Ryan Maskell, Coeur d’Alene, first place in Video Production Team, second place in Graphic Design and fourth place in Desktop Publishing; Taylar McClure, Coeur d’Alene, first place in Web Site Design Team and second place in Human Resource Management; Josie Tennison, Post Falls, first place in Video Production Team and first place in Presentation Management—Individual.

Kuhn served as 2011-2012 BPA Postsecondary State President, Braun was elected 2012-2013 BPA Postsecondary State President and Taylor was elected 2012-2013 BPA Postsecondary State Secretary/Treasurer. McClure, Kuhn and Braun were awarded the Statesman Torch Award for service and leadership.

The 2012 BPA National Leadership Conference will be held in Chicago, Ill., April 24-29. Students will not only participate in competitive events, internships and workshops, they will also be involved in a walk to benefit Special Olympics.

“This event will be a life-changing experience for these students,” said O’Brien.

The students are currently raising the money necessary to fund their trip to the national competition. For sponsorship or donation information, contact O’Brien at (208) 769-3264.

Eight North Idaho College students recently qualified for the national Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition by placing at the state competition in Boise. Pictured are (front) Taylor McClure, Keifer Hofacker, Tabatha Taylor, (back) Vanesa Braun, Ashley Chaffin, Ryan Maskell, Josie Tennison and Cindy Kuhn.



For More Information
Computer Applications and Office Technology Instructor Kathie O’Brien, (208) 769-3264 or kmobrien@nic.edu


Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012

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