Office students take top honors

Ricks College's office education students won top awards at the recent Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

More than 1,000 students from throughout the United States participated in the national conference May 5-9."Our students put Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, on the map," said LaNae Morgan, Ricks College chapter adviser and a member of the office education faculty.

Carolyn Downey, chairman of the office education department at the college, said: "Competitions like these give our students a marketable edge and prove to possible employers that they are qualified for positions in their companies. If students can compete and do well with other students nationally, then they can perform at the same level on the job."

Ricks' students entered nine events and received 12 of the first- through six-place awards, including four first-place honors. The college captured the first-, second- and third-place awards in document formatting and received three honorable mention awards, placing the students in the top 10 of the schools participating.

In general events, the students earned nine awards in two categories in which they had to obtain 90 percent or above on their test scores, Sister Morgan explained.

Beverly Withers received two first-place awards in competitive events, one in the office specialist category and one in the information processing assistant category.

She also received two 90 percent proficiency awards in general competitive events in proofreading/editing and business knowledge skills.

Lisa Morgan was elected as the 1993-94 national vice president to represent the two-year colleges involved in BPA. As part of her duties, she will be attending national business meetings, as well as visiting chapters throughout Idaho. She will serve as president of the Ricks College chapter this coming year.

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