Northwood University Students Qualify at BPA State Leadership Conference

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Thirty-four students qualified for nationals.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University Business Professionals of America (BPA) students competed at the State Leadership Conference held in Grand Rapids on Saturday, February 9, 2013, with 34 qualifying for nationals. Nationals will be held in Orlando, FL, on May 8-12, 2013.

Northwood competed against students from Michigan universities such as Davenport University, Northern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, Michigan Technological University and Montcalm Community College. Northwood’s BPA group received a total of 33 awards.

2013 BPA State Leadership Conference Winners:

Advanced Interview SkillsChelsea Shartle, a junior from Adrian—2nd place

Advanced Spreadsheet ApplicationsThomas Birdsall, a sophomore from Morrow, OH–3rd place; Alexander Dewitt, a senior from Bay City–4th place

Banking & FinanceHilary Coleman, a senior from Breckenridge–1st place; Katherine Vogel, a senior from Rosebush–5th place

College AccountingTyler Harris, a freshman from Sebewaing–2nd place; Chessie Murringer, a senior from Marquette–5th place

Computerized AccountingAshley Nickel, a senior from Akron, MI–3rd place

Database ApplicationJoshua Elliott, a freshman from Sault Ste. Marie–1st place; Terrence Green, a sophomore from Hesperia, MI–2nd place

EntrepreneurshipAmanda Matelonek, a senior from Warren–3rd place

Federal Income Tax AccountingMallory Condon, a junior from Hillsdale–3rd place; Kenneth Przekora, a junior from Clinton Township–5th place

Fundamental Desktop PublishingHaley Chamberlain, a sophomore from Coleman–3rd place

Fundamental Spreadsheet ApplicationsMandi Bartnik, a sophomore from Deford–3rd place; Kevin Schaub, a freshman from Suttons Bay–4th place; Terrence Green–5th place

Fundamental Word Processing SkillsJennifer Gerard, a senior from Bloomfield Hills–1st place; Sydni Rondeau, a senior from Detroit–4th place

Global Marketing TeamHaley Chartier, a freshman from Macomb; Haley Koehler, a freshman from New Haven; Robin Bliss, a freshman from Macomb–Group 1st place

Graphic Design PromotionAmanda Matelonek–2nd place

Human Resource ManagementThomas Rowley, a sophomore from Farwell–3rd place

Insurance Concepts (Open)Michael Moore, a junior from Lapeer–1st place

Integrated Office ApplicationsAlexander Dewitt, a senior from Bay City–2nd place

Keyboarding ProductionEmily Bryant, a junior from Shepherd–3rd place; Hilary Coleman–2nd place; Chelsea Eisen, a junior from Zeeland–5th place

Legal Office ProceduresJennifer Gerard–4th place; Emily Bryant–1st place  

Managerial AccountingChessie Murringer–3rd place; Robert Hellebuyck, a junior from Allenton–5th place

Small Business Management TeamNick Kwasiborski, a junior from Ortonville; Nicholas Schummer, a junior from Ortonville; Shaun O’Brien, a junior from Capac; Alex DeYoung, a junior from Columbiaville–Group 1st place

Small Business Management TeamNick Kauffman, a freshman from Hemlock; Travis Richard, a sophomore from Freeland; Group–2nd place

Julie Felske, executive director of Alumni Relations, and Professor David Sanford, admissions representative, are advisors to the group.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.