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Students excel in state, national competitions

June 1, 2015


Business Professionals of America students
earn top 10 finishes at national competition

BPA Awards

Nicolet College Business Professionals of America students turned in an exceptional performance at a recent national competition with all 10 of the participating students finishing in the top 10 in their respective contests.

“Compared to other college’s our size, Nicolet students performed among the best in the nation,” said Helen Fries, BPA advisor and Administrative Professional/Office Technology instructor at Nicolet. “They did an outstanding job and should be commended for all of the hard work they put into preparing for the competition. It paid off for every one of them.”

The competition categories and how students finished are as follows:

Website Design, Team 1 – 2nd place: Tammy Retzlaff, EvaMarie Bybee, Jordan Slominski, Carl Anderson

Keyboarding Production – 3rd place: Jennie Swearingen

Website Design, Team 2 – 5th place: Ian Anderson, Tyler Garry, David Larson

Information Technology Concepts – 6th place: Jordan Slominski

Contemporary Issues – 9th Place: Craig Collins

Medical Office Procedures – 9th place: Christine Davis 

Fundamentals of Web Design HTML – 10th Place:Carl Anderson

Visual Basic/C# Programming – 10th place: Carl Anderson

All of the students qualified for BPA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., by turning in top performances in the state competition earlier this spring.

Approximately 6,000 students, advisors and guests from throughout the United States participated in the conference. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers, and tours of local sights and attractions.

Business Professionals of America is the leading Career Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

In the photo above, students and staff attending the 2015 National Leadership Conference included, front row, left to right, Helen Fries, advisor; Ian Anderson, Jennie Swearingen, Craig Collins, Carl Anderson, EvaMarie Bybee; back row, David Larson, Jordan Slominski, Tyler Garry, Christine Davis, and Tammy Retzlaff.


Nicolet College Graphic Design
student wins silver ADDY Award

Nicolet College Graphic Design student Jane Huff recently won a silver ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation – Madison for her poster, Childhood Literacy, promoting education as a basic human right.

Jane HuffThe organization holds the ADDY Awards Competition every year. At the event professional advertising agencies and college and high school students from across the state compete in numerous categories for the top prizes.

Huff’s silver came in the Student Collateral Material Division. Her entry will now advance to a regional ADDY competition.