GRCC’s BPA team wins eight 1st-place awards in national competition



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


May 16, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College’s Business Professionals of America team continued its winning ways in national competition.

The national BPA competition in Indianapolis was attended by more than 5,000 participants representing 19 states and Puerto Rico. GRCC’s 10-member team competed in 21 events and placed in the top 10 in 14 of them. GRCC students took home eight first-place awards.

“Our students did amazing in national competition, and I couldn’t be prouder,” said Peg Schoenborn, adviser to GRCC’s BPA chapter and assistant professor of business. “They put in hours of hard work and preparation, and it is wonderful to see that rewarded.”

Winning first-place awards were:

· Brandon Klotz, in Video Production Team.

· Robert Martinez, in Prepared Speech.

· Beth Steimel, in Administrative Support Concepts, Advanced Office Systems and Procedures, and Advanced Word Processing.

· Corwin Tobias, in Contemporary Issues and Video Production Team.

· Rocky VanZegeren, in Managerial Accounting.

Other students finishing in the top 10 were:

· Erika Duggan, who finished 3rd in Administrative Support Team, 8th in Integrated Office Applications, and 8th in Fundamental Word Processing.

· Charissa Elmer, who finished 4th in Integrated Office Applications and 5th in Basic Office Systems and Procedures.

· Dawn Forsythe, who finished 3rd in Administrative Support Team.

· Brandon Holt, who finished 8th in Managerial Accounting.

· Klotz, who finished 7th in Graphic Design Promotion and 8th in Fundamental Web Design.

· Sally Kulikamp, who finished 2nd in Advanced Office Systems and Procedures, and 3rd in Administrative Support Team.

· Martinez, who finished 3rd in Contemporary Issues.

· Steimel, who finished 3rd in Administrative Support Team.

· Tobias, who finished 3rd in Entrepreneurship.

“BPA competitions, at both the state and national levels, help our students polish their skills, helping them stand out in today’s competitive marketplace," said Felix Pereiro, chairman of GRCC’s business department. “We are proud of how they’ve represented GRCC on a national stage!”

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.