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BPA Students Win Top Awards at National Conference

“This is the first year we have had a BPA student organization, and to have all eight students place in the top 10 at the national conference is pretty amazing.” — Tina Rolling, chapter adviser.

Alma College's BPA Chapter in Dallas.Alma College's BPA Chapter in Dallas.Eight members of the Alma College chapter of the Business Professionals of America, competing May 9-13 at the organization’s National Leadership Conference in Dallas, earned medals ranking them in the top 10 in the nation in their competition categories.

“I’m so proud of these students; they did an amazing job representing Alma College,” says Tina Rolling, assistant professor of business administration. “This is the first year we have had a BPA student organization, and to have all eight students place in the top 10 at the national conference is pretty amazing. I am very grateful to have been a part of this student organization and look forward to working with them again next year.”

Competitions range from individual to team, from objective tests to judged presentations. Categories cover multiple topics — from accounting, business law and financial literacy to computer programming, digital publishing and database applications.

In addition to the competition, Alma College’s Skylar McArthur was elected president of the National BPA Post-Secondary Division Executive Committee. McArthur is the founding president of Alma College’s BPA chapter.

Alma BPAAlma’s award-winners at the national conference:

Alexandra Raden, Caledonia sophomore
Kali Rhines, Grand Rapids junior
Emma Vrooman, Farmington Hills sophomore
Zach Jandereski, Bad Axe first-year student

  • Third place, Small Business Management Team Event

Skylar McArthur, Mussey senior

  • Second place, Ethics and Professionalism
  • Second place, Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts
  • Top 10, Business Law and Ethics

Dylan Marshall, St. Ignace sophomore

  • Second place, Business Law and Ethics

Emma Herron, Midland senior

  • Third place, Advanced Office Systems and Procedures
  • Top 10, Integrated Office Applications

Nicholis Fowler, Alma first-year student

  • Fourth place, Java Programming

Approximately 5,600 high school and post-secondary student delegates representing 25 states and Puerto Rico attended the national conference.

Story published on May 18, 2018