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ECC Business Professionals of America Club Competes at State Leadership Conference

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Top Row (left to right): Carlin Whelpley, Kristen Frye, Rosemary Neymeyer, Erica Corrigan, Mette Ehrhardt
Front Row (left to right): Janet Siert, Faith Aruwan, Peg Van Buskirk, Madison Dennis, Trevor Smith, Kelbey Barbadillo.

Nine Ellsworth Community College’s Business Professionals of America Club members attended the State Leadership Conference in Des Moines February 19-20. ECC competed against community college students from Indian Hills, Kirkwood, Hawkeye, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Southeastern, Southwestern, NICC, and Muscatine at the Conference. All nine ECC students have qualified to advance to the National Business Professionals Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, in May.

Carlin Whelpley of Anthem, Arizona: 1st place in Prepared Speech, 4th place in Intermediate Word Processing, and medallion in Basic Office Systems and Procedures.

Erica Corrigan of Iowa Falls: 1st place in Medical Office Procedures, 3rd place in Basic Office Systems and Procedures, and medallion in Advanced Word Processing.

Faith Aruwan of Kaduna, Nigeria: 2nd place in Interview Skills, 3rd place in Ethics and Professionalism, and 5th place in Computer Network Technology.

Kelbey Barbadillo of Salt Lake City, Utah: 1st place in Interview Skills, 2nd place in Business Law and Ethics, 2nd place in Human Resource Management.

Kristen Frye of Iowa Falls: 3rd place in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, 3rd place in Medical Office Procedures.

Madison Dennis of Cedar Rapids: 2nd place in Fundamental Word Processing; 2nd place in Medical Office Procedures.

Mette Ehrhardt of Iowa Falls: 1st place in Advanced Interview Skills, 2nd place Management, Marketing & Human Resource Concepts, and 4th place in Personal Financial Management Concepts.

Rosemary Neymeyer of Ackley: 5th place in College Accounting and medallion in Financial Math Concepts.

Trevor Smith of Iowa Falls: 1st place in Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, 1st place in Business Meeting and Management Concepts, 3rd place in Personal Financial Management Concepts, 4th place in Banking and Finance, and 4th place in Information Technology Concepts.

Janet Siert and Tina Ruch-Wesselmann, advisors, accompanied the students to the Conference.  “We are so pleased with the efforts that our students have put into this competition.” Siert said. “It is a combined endeavor–students come to us well prepared from the high schools, our faculty provide quality instruction to prepare them for the contests, and our students put in the extra time and dedication needed to excel in their specific contest areas.”

For the 14th consecutive year, ECC took home the trophy for Corporate Sponsorship, thanks to the generous financial support received from Cort and Peg Van Buskirk.

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