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Business students win championships at national leadership conference

Boise State student members of Business Professionals of America at the national competition in Chicago
Left to right, front row: Makena Chase, Jessica Garcia, Emily Grabow, Allison Howard. Back row: Nicholas Lloyd, Jake Alan, Mustafa Hakeem, Salvador Altamirano Jimenez, Eleeza Liu

Boise State’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter made a successful appearance at the 2024 BPA National Leadership Conference. Nearly a dozen students from the College of Business and Economics traveled to Chicago, winning five national championships and 10 top-three awards. Their placements added to Idaho’s total of 70 top-10 finishes, 33 top-three plaques and 10 national championships.

“This was an amazing testament of the fortitude, dedication and resilience of the group to compete at a national competition against some of the best universities around the nation,” said Alex Ritzman, the chapter’s advisor. “Our students represented Boise State and the College of Business and Economics community very well.”

Business student results and categories

  • Allison Howard holding her awards
    Allison Howard won first place in three categories and second place in two categories at the 2024 BPA National Leadership Conference in Chicago

    Makena Chase: First place in health research presentation, first place in health administrative concepts

  • Jessica Garcia: Ninth place in personal financial management
  • Allison Howard: First place in fundamental word applications, first place in fundamental spreadsheet applications, first place in administrative concepts, second place in financial math and analysis, second place in meeting and event planning concepts
  • Eleeza Liu: Third place in college accounting
  • Nicholas Lloyd: Second place in advanced spreadsheet applications
  • Team event of Anabella Antonucci, Emily Grabow and Nicholas Lloyd: Fourth place in small business management
  • Team event of Jake Alan, Salvador Altamirano Jimenez, Jessica Garcia and Mustafa Hakeem: Second place in financial analysis