College of Western Idaho Business Professional Students Earn Top Medals at National Conference

Published: May 8, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY – Nine College of Western Idaho (CWI) students traveled to Chicago, Ill. April 25-29 to take part in the 2012 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference. CWI saw several students excel in their respective individual competitions; taking home three first-place wins and 10 awards overall.

CWI captured three first-place trophies overall, as Tracy English, Diane Mills, and Timothy Walls took home top honors in their respective events. English won the Integrated Office Applications competition, while Mills placed first in Advanced Word Processing Skills and Walls topped the Banking & Finance field.

Mills captured CWI’s lone second-place trophy with a runner-up finish in Legal Office Procedures. English, meanwhile, secured the final trophy for CWI with a third-place finish in Advanced Word Processing Skills.

In addition to the top-three awards, CWI students managed to earn hardware for their individual success, as five students received medals for top-10 finishes in three different competitions. Mills, who medaled in Database Applications, was joined by Melissa Bennett (Keyboarding Production), Ryan Christensen, Sean Christopherson, and John Helton (Network Administration using Microsoft) all with top-10 finishes, respectively.


First Place

Tracy English - Integrated Office Applications

Diane Mills - Advanced Word Processing Skills

Timothy Wall - Banking & Finance

Second Place

Diane Mills - Legal Office Procedures

Third Place

Tracy English - Advanced Word Processing Skills

Other Top 10 Finishes

Melissa Bennett - Keyboarding Production

Ryan Christensen - Network Administration using Microsoft

Sean Christopherson - Network Administration using Microsoft

John Helton - Network Administration using Microsoft

Diane Mills - Database Applications


About the College of Western Idaho:

The College of Western Idaho is a comprehensive community college fostering student development academically, as well as occupationally. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information, visit or call (208) 562-3000.

Jennifer Couch                                                

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About Business Professionals of America:

Business Professionals of America is the leading Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. Approximately 5,500 students, advisors and guests from throughout the United States participated in Business Professionals of America’s 46th National Leadership Conference. For more information visit us at


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