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Students reap business competition awards

January 4, 2016
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Kay Markovic, business management instructor at Careerline Tech Center, was the advisor for the Careerline team that took home 12 top-three awards at the annual Business & Technology Challenge sponsored by Baker College. Courtesy Baker College of Muskegon

Nearly 125 students from West Michigan career centers and high schools put their skills to the test recently, with a number of them taking home awards.

The Baker College Business and Technology Challenge, held at the school’s Muskegon campus, saw students compete in nearly 20 categories to test their skill, knowledge and creativity in business and technology.

The competition

The annual challenge is intended for high school students currently studying business and technology fields to not only compete against other participants, but also learn from college faculty.

David Ladd, assistant director of admissions at Baker College of Muskegon and coordinator of the competition, said the event is an excellent learning opportunity and confidence builder for high school students.

“Knowing the skills in which they excel and that they enjoy may help them determine their career choice,” said Ladd.

The participants

This year’s competition featured students from West Michigan high schools and career centers throughout the region.

Academic institutions represented included: Allegan County Area Career Center, Allegan High School, Careerline Tech Center, Forest Hills Northern High School, Fruitport High School, Kent Career Tech Center, Ludington High School, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, Reeths-Puffer High School and Van Buren Technology Center.

Overall results

Careerline Tech Center was named the overall winning school for the challenge based on the total number of points earned and was awarded the traveling plaque given each year.

Students from Careerline Tech won five of the categories, placed second four times and earned three third-place finishes for a total of 12 top awards.

Muskegon Area Tech Center students walked away with four first place wins, four second place finishes and five third place awards for a total of 13 top awards, while Allegan County Career Center students won two categories, earned two second place awards and four third place awards.

The categories

The students had the opportunity to compete individually or as a team in different business and technology categories: AutoCAD, drafting and design, 3-D modeling, graphic design, Internet search, accounting, an elevator pitch, social media marketing and a “Shark Tank” presentation.

Each category was judged using a weighted point system by a panel of individuals consisting of Baker College deans, faculty, instructors, members of Baker College program advisory boards and local employers. Companies that participated as judges were SCORE, Klever Innovations, Ravel and the Grand Rapids Inventors Network.

Top place finishers

Elevator Pitch

1st Place-Caleb Dyke, Careerline Tech Center

2nd Place-Alaina Cook, Kent Career Tech Center

3rd Place-Anthony Timmer, Careerline Tech Center

Microsoft Excel

1st Place-Ryan Long, Allegan County Career Center

2nd Place-Natalynne Scott, Fruitport High School

3rd Place-Jacob Froelich, Allegan County Career Center

Microsoft Word

1st Place-Ross Kirk, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

2nd Place-Benjamin DuPilka, Careerline Tech Center

3rd Place-Tyler Thomas, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Graphic Design

1st Place-Caleb Dyke, Careerline Tech Center

2nd Place-Carsie Walker, Careerline Tech Center

3rd Place-Caitlin Cavall, Careerline Tech Center

Document Challenge

1st Place-Luke Rutz, Fruitport High School

2nd Place-Natalynne Scott, Fruitport High School

3rd Place-Bailey Engweiler, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Accounting Challenge

1st Place-Joshua Verburg, Allegan County Career Center

2nd Place-Jessica Miller, Allegan County Career Center

3rd Place-Matt Udell, Reeths-Puffer High School

Social Media Marketing

1st Place-Jessica Smelker and Amina Dzafic, Forest Hills Northern High School

2nd Place-William Bartells and Caitlin Cowdrey, Kent Career Tech Center

3rd Place-MacKenzie VanderWolds and Bailey Armstrong, Kent Career Tech Center

Prezi

1st Place-J.D. Golden, Careerline Tech Center

2nd Place-Jacob Blackmore, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

3rd Place-Ryan Long, Allegan County Career Center

Shark Tank

1st Place-Eli Hutchinson and Dakota Martin, Ludington High School

2nd Place-Maddi Fri and Cody Rabach, Fruitport High School

3rd Place-Lydia LeClaire and Derek Austin, Kent Career Tech Center

Drafting and Design

1st Place-Corey Strait, Fruitport High School

2nd Place-Kristine Colburn, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

3rd Place-Anthony Locke, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

AutoCAD

1st Place-Trevor Grelewicz, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

2nd Place-Chris Jahr, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

3rd Place-Anthony Locke, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

3D Modeling

1st Place-J.D. Golden, Careerline Tech Center

2nd Place-Chris Jahr, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

3rd Place-Corey Strait, Fruitport High School

PC Troubleshooting

1st Place-Jordan Lathrop and Javen Zamojcin, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

2nd Place-Derek Luker and Benjamin Roys, Allegan County Career Center

3rd Place-Sage Hess and Jeremiah VanderKam, Allegan County Career Center

Computer Networking using TCP/IP

1st Place-Denver Deboer and Aaron Croy, Van Buren Technology Center

2nd Place-Dakota May and Joshua Workman, Van Buren Technology Center

3rd Place-Sage Hess and Jeremiah VanderKam, Allegan County Career Center

Webpage Design

1st Place-Caleb Dyke, Careerline Tech Center

2nd Place-Kristen McNicholas, Careerline Tech Center

3rd Place-Anthony Timmer, Careerline Tech Center

Internet Search

1st Place-Chad Gemzer, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

2nd Place-Trebor Rymal and Sawyer Kole, Careerline Tech Center

3rd Place-Javen Zamojcin and Jordan Lathrop, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

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