Indian Hills Students Compete at National Business Contest

OTTUMWA — Nine Indian Hills Community College students placed in the top 10 in various competitions at the recent Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. The students who competed at the national conference are enrolled in the college’s Computer Software Development, Accounting and Office Management programs.

Caleb Ekstrand of Pocahontas was the top IHCC finisher as he was awarded second place in JAVA Programming. He was also fourth in Fundamentals of Web Design. Ekstrand had been second in both events at this spring’s state BPA competition.

Theresa Worrall of Fremont finished fourth in the national Database Applications category after placing first place in the state contest. Worrall also earned sixth place finishes in Advanced Office Systems and Procedures and Intermediate Word Processing at state.

Ryan Blakely of Fairfield was fourth in SQL Database Fundamentals and seventh in Visual Basic/C# Programming. At state, he placed second and third, respectively, in those contests and was sixth in JAVA Programming.

Luke McDonald of Ottumwa was fifth nationally in JAVA Programming and sixth in Visual Basic/C# Programming. He had won both events at the state contest where he also finished fifth in Fundamentals of Web Design.

After placing second in the state contest, Mikhail Kutsel of Chariton was fifth in C++ Programming at the national event. Kutsel also placed fifth in Visual Basic/C# Programming and eighth in Computer Security at state.

Tyger Marshall of Knoxville came in eighth in Fundamentals of Web Design in Orlando after winning the category in the state contest. He was also third in the state Java Programming competition.

Layirina Traore of Ottumwa was eighth nationally in Database Applications. She had placed second in that event, third in College Payroll Accounting and sixth in College Accounting at the state level.

Clinton Davelaar of Curacao/Ottumwa finished eighth in the national JAVA Programming and tenth in Visual Basic/C# Programming events. He had previously done well at state by placing second in Visual Basic/C# Programming, third in SQL Database Fundamentals and fourth in JAVA Programming.

Carmen Vance of Ottumwa followed up a fifth place state finish in Advanced Office Systems and Procedures with a ninth place at nationals. She also scored a second in Ethics and Professionalism and seventh in Advanced Word Processing at state.

Three other students performed well at the state BPA contest. Tracy Van Weelden of What Cheer was first in College Accounting and second in each Managerial Accounting and Banking and Finance. Taisha Naill of Centerville won in Basic Office Systems, was second in Advanced Word Processing and fifth in Advanced Spreadsheet Applications. Pam VanWyk of Pella was fourth in Fundamentals of Web Design and seventh in both JAVA Programming and Visual Basic/C# Programming.

To find out more about IHCC’s Computer Software Development, Accounting and Office Management programs, contact Kevin Throckmorton at kevin.throckmorton@indianhills.edu or at 641.683.5111, ext. 1752; or Shirley Reid at shirley.reid@indianhills.edu or at 641.683.5111, ext. 1755.