Students Rake in Awards at BPA Leadership Conference

Published on: March 1, 2011

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Winners heading for national competition in Washington, D.C.

(left to right) Warren Moe, Phil Weix, Instructor Lyle Stelter, Mike Lebakken, Matt Looyen, Adam Larson, Zack Pudil,

Six student delegates from Dakota County Technical College attended the Business Professionals of America 2011 Spring Leadership Conference, “Stand Out from the Crowd,” at Alexandria Technical & Community College in Alexandria, Minn., Feb. 24–26, 2011. All six students participated in the competition portion of the conference, bringing home 23 first through fourth-place awards across 20 events. All six students belong to the new BPA Club at DCTC—and all six are heading to the BPA National Leadership Conference May 4–8 in Washington, D.C.

DCTC BPA Club Student Delegate Contestants
  • Warren Moe | Lakeville, Minn. | Accounting Major
  • Phil Weix | Newport, Minn. | Accounting Major
  • Zack Pudil | Hastings, Minn. | Software Development Major
  • Matt Looyen | Farmington, Minn. | Accounting Major
  • Adam Larson, Hastings, Minn. | Accounting Major
  • Mike Lebakken | Prescott, Wis. | Accounting Major

Accounting Instructor Lyle Stelter is the DCTC BPA Club’s advisor. Stelter taught accounting for 22 years at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minn., before joining the DCTC faculty in fall 2010. He advised a BPA Club at Southeast Tech for more than two decades and took many of his students to BPA conference competitions, but never had 100 percent of his competitors move on to the national level.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Stelter said. “We just started the BPA Club at DCTC and I’m as proud as I can be of our students and their performance at the SLC Conference in Alexandria.”

Betty Krueger is one of Zack Pudil’s instructors in the Software Development program. She noted that Pudil is a scholar in the Advancing Student Success in Engineering, Science and Technology program. As part of his ASSETS professional development responsibilities,  he joined the BPA Club. “Zack is a remarkable student,” Krueger said. “We wish him and his teammates all the best in Washington, D.C.”

To learn more about the Accounting program and the BPA Club at DCTC, contact:

To learn more about ASSETS Scholarships and Information Systems programs, contact:

BPA 2011 Spring Leadership Conference

DCTC Student Competition Results
Fundamental Accounting
  • 1st — Phil Weix
  • 2nd — Warren Moe
  • 9th — Matt Looyen
Advanced Accounting
  • 4th — Adam Larson
Computerized Accounting
  • 2nd — Phil Weix
Payroll Accounting
  • 1st — Phil Weix
  • 3rd — Matt Looyen
  • 4th — Warren Moe
Managerial Accounting
  • 4th — Adam Larson
Banking and Finance
  • 2nd — Matt Looyen
Financial Analyst Team
  • 2nd — Adam Larson, Matt Looyen, Warren Moe, Phil Weix
Financial Math and Analysis
  • 1st — Phil Weix
  • 3rd — Warren Moe
  • 6th — Adam Larson
  • 9th — Matt Looyen
Insurance Concepts
  • 5th — Mike Lebakken
  • 10th — Matt Looyen
Database Applications
  • 3rd — Mike Lebakken
Administrative Support Concepts
  • 1st — Matt Looyen
Computer Network Technology
  • 2nd — Zack Pudil
C++ Programming
  • 1st — Zack Pudil
Visual Basic Programming
  • 1st — Zack Pudil
Java Programming
  • 1st — Zack Pudil
Information Technology Concepts
  • 2nd — Zack Pudil
  • 5th — Phil Weix
Extemporaneous Speech
  • 6th — Warren Moe
Management, Marketing, and Human Resources
  • 3rd — Matt Looyen
  • 5th — Phil Weix
Parliamentary Procedures
  • 9th — Matt Looyen
Accounting Specialist
  • 1st — Phil Weix
  • 2nd — Warren Moe
  • 4th — Matt Looyen
  • 5th — Mike Lebakken

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