Northwood University Students Qualify at BPA State Leadership Conference

Northwood University Business Professionals of America (BPA) students competed at the State Leadership Conference held in Grand Rapids on Saturday, February 8, 2014, with 25 qualifying for nationals. Nationals will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 30-May 4, 2014. 

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 37 awards.

2014 BPA State Leadership Conference Winners: 

Advanced Interview SkillsChloe Kinsey, a sophomore from La Salle—1st place

Advanced Office Systems and ProceduresChelsea Eisen, a senior from Zeeland– 3rd Place

Advanced Spreadsheet ApplicationsChelsea Eisen–3rd place; Matthew Feldpausch, a senior from Hastings–5th place; Kevin Schaub, a sophomore from Suttons Bay—1st place

Advanced Word ProcessingAllison Gustafson, a junior from Clinton Township —3rd place

Banking & FinanceMatthew Feldpausch–4th place; McKenzie Lee, a sophomore from Kawkawlin–5th place

Basic Office Systems and ProceduresTaylor Bovee, a freshman from Ithaca—1st place; Troy Chinoski, a junior from Macomb—2nd place

College AccountingMackenzie Gimpel, a freshman from Dafter–3rd place; Renee Thompson, a freshman from Beaverton–1st place

Computer SecurityRobin Bliss, a sophomore from Macomb–5th place; Hayley Chartier, a sophomore from Macomb—2nd place

Database ApplicationJoshua Elliott, a sophomore from Sault Ste. Marie–1st place

Digital Media productionPaul Evans, a freshman from Lenox–2nd place

Ethics and ProfessionalismTroy Chinoski—2nd place

Financial Match and AnalysisMcKenzie Lee–3rd place

Fundamental Desktop PublishingHaley Koehler, a sophomore from Chesterfield–1st place; Morgan Stoewsand-Kryscio, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant—2nd place

Fundamental Spreadsheet ApplicationsTaylor Bovee–3rd place; Alyssa Holt, a freshman from Sault Ste. Marie–2nd place

Fundamental Word Processing SkillsRobin Bliss–3rd place; Mackenzie Gimpel–2nd place

Graphic Design PromotionHaley Koehler–3rd place

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

Insurance Concepts (Open)Nicholas Schummer, a senior from Ortonville–2nd place

Integrated Office ApplicationsLaura DuBay, a senior from Clinton Township–2nd place

Interview SkillsHayley Chartier—2nd place; Andres Franco, a senior from Dallas, Texas—3rd place

Keyboarding ProductionEmily Bryant, a senior from Shepherd–3rd place; Kenny Lovelady, a freshman from Kenneth Shelby Township–1st place

Legal Office ProceduresEmily Bryant–4th place; Joshua Elliott–3rd place

Small Business Management TeamNick Kwasiborski, a senior from Ortonville; Nicholas Schummer; Shaun O’Brien, a senior from Capac; Group 2nd place

Julie Felske, executive director of alumni relations, and Professor David Sanford, 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 seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, 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 China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.