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Blackhawk Business Students Headed to Nationals

March 9, 2020

Wisconsin Technical Colleges offer unique opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in their career areas through involvement in student organizations. Blackhawk Technical College is no exception to this. As members of Business Professionals of America (BPA), students are provided opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in competitive events of their choosing at the BPA State Leadership Conference. Seven students attended this event in February and many qualified to attend the BPA National Leadership Conference in Washington DC this May. The students who participated were:

  • Natalie Sullivan, Accounting (Janesville, WI)
  • Reed Farr, Business Management (Beloit, WI)
  • Courtney Zierfuss, Business Management (Beloit, WI)
  • Josh Lichtfuss, Business Management (Janesville, WI)
  • David Jaeckel, Business Management (Beloit, WI)
  • Luis Cuaulte-Lopez, Business Management (Beloit, WI)
  • Shawn Korback, Accounting (Janesville, WI)

They competed in several categories, earning six first-place finishes. Here are the categories and the students who placed:

Banking & Finance

  • Natalie Sullivan, 5th Place

Basic Office Systems & Procedures

  • Reed Farr, 2nd Place
  • Courtney Zierfuss, 4th Place

Business Law & Ethics

  • Josh Lichtfuss, 1st Place
  • David Jaeckel, 3rd Place
  • Reed Farr, 4th Place

College Accounting

  • Natalie Sullivan, 4th Place


  • David Jaeckel, 1st Place

Ethics & Professionalism

  • Josh Lichtfuss, 1st Place
  • Reed Farr, 2nd Place
  • David Jaeckel, 4th Place

Fundamental Word Processing

  • Courtney Zierfuss, 5th Place

Interview Skills

  • Josh Lichtfuss, 1st Place

Personal Financial Management

  • Natalie Sullivan, 1st Place

Presentation Management-Individual

  • Luis Cuaulte-Lopez, 1st Place

Small Business Management Team:

  • Natalie Sullivan, Josh Lichtfuss, and Reed Farr, 2nd Place
  • Shawn Korback, Luis Cuaulte-Lopez, and Courtney Zierfuss, 3rd Place

The BPA State Conference held several open events that yielded Blackhawk students placement in the top five including:

  • Natalie Sullivan: Administrative Support Concepts (2nd Place), Business Meeting Management Concepts (4th Place), and Financial Math and Analysis Concepts (3rd Place)
  • David Jaeckel: Management/Human Resources /Marketing Concepts (5th Place)
  • Josh Lichtfuss: Parliamentary Procedure Concepts (4th Place)

Blackhawk BPA Chapter named Josh Lichtfuss and Natalie Sullivan as BPA Members of the Year, and Josh Lichtfuss was named the BPA Mike Tolkheim Scholarship Award Winner.

About Business Professionals of America

BPA is an organization for career and technical education students with 45,000 members in over 1800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico. The organization enhances student learning by offering educators co-curricular exercises based on national standards. Visit for more information.

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