Five LCSC students win national BPA honors
Five Lewis-Clark State College students earned honors at the annual Business Professionals of American National Leadership Conference, which was held May 6-11 in Reno, Nev.
Melissa Berger, Kris-Ann Hight, and Amber Zornes of Lewiston, joined Karen Hunter of Orofino, and Tristan Mullis of Bonners Ferry as LCSC’s delegates to the conference, which drew more than 6,000 students to participate in national business skill competitions, workshops, general sessions, and national officer campaigns and elections.
Hight, who also is employed at LCSC, received the top achievement award for the most Torch Points in the nation, which is the highest award a BPA student can achieve. Hight also was part of the Administrative Support Team that finished in second place. Also on the team were Hunter, Berger, and Zornes.
Mullis took top honors in Cisco Systems Analysis to help LCSC place 12th or higher in seven events, including four top-three finishes. Berger also took second in Banking and Finance, while Hunter was third in Integrated Office Systems. Hunter also was 12th in Legal Office Procedures.
Zornes finishes seventh in Medical Transcription and was 12th in Medical Office Procedures.
The high finishes helped the LCSC BPA chapter receive five Special Recognition Awards for Quality Chapter, Special Olympics, Safety Awareness, BPA Marketing and Public Relations, and Community Action.
The conference is the culmination of a school year’s worth of business workforce education, fundraising, and training which members of the local chapter of BPA at LCSC have received, said chapter advisor Sue Gudmunson.
BPA is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. BPA acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
For more information on the conference or the LCSC BPA Chapter, contact Gudmunson at email@example.com or call (208) 792-2466.