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Northwood BPA Students Bring Home Top Awards

May 11, 2015

Several members of Northwood University’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) Team earned top awards as they qualified and participated in the organization’s national competition held in Anaheim, California on May 6-9, 2015.“It’s heartwarming to see students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom toward real-life situations presented in a competitive format,” said Julie Endres-Felske, Northwood University’s Executive Director of Alumni Relations who also serves as the group’s advisor. “I am proud of all of our students who qualified to compete at Nationals, they do an amazing job representing themselves and Northwood University.”

While in California, group members also enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Northwood alumni. Over dinner they were able to better learn the career paths and what led former Michigan residents and college sweethearts Ben Coy, now the Manager of Field Sales Operations at Mazda North America and his wife Jaclyn Coy, now an Associate Director of Brand Development at Catalina Marketing to the state.

Contending with students from over 50 universities from 14 states, those students who earned top awards include:

Nick Kaufman, James Leiter and Travis Richard

Small Business Management Team

1st in the Nation


Morgan Stoewsand-Kryscio

Business Meeting Management Concepts

1st in the Nation


Hayley Chartier

Interview Skills

2nd Place


Renee Thompson

College Accounting

2nd Place


Chris Pilon

Digital Media Production

3rd Place


Kevin Schaub

Advanced College Accounting

3rd Place


Morgan Stoewsand-Kryscio

Fundamental Desktop Publishing

3rd Place

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

Those in the photo include (l-r): Nick Kaufman, Chris Pilon, Kevin Schaub, Scott Loughlin, Morgan Stoewsand-Kryscio, Luke Whitmer, Matt Schnurr, Robin Bliss, Karli Crocker, Haley Chartier and Jacob Taylor


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