The Best and the Brightest: Northwood Students Excel on National Stage of Competitive Organizations

Mock Trial, DECA, Business Professionals of America (BPA). For a relatively small university, Northwood has a lot of great opportunities for students to gain experience through academic competitions. These events help students develop skills they can use inside the classroom, outside the classroom, and long after they graduate. During the 2017-2018 school year, these Northwood competitors had some big-time national success.

Mock Trial

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Helps students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures

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RECENT ACTIVITY

National Championship Tournament in Minn.

STUDENT DISTINCTIONS

One of only 10 schools winning both All-American Witness Award and All-American Attorney Award in same division

Christopher Grant earns All-American Attorney Award on both the prosecution and defense sides and top scoring attorney at the National Championship

Zach Messner earns an All-American Witness Award on the defense side

WORTH QUOTING

Preparing to compete helps prepare students to succeed in business. This activity teaches them how to think on their feet, which is required in almost every career.
— DeLois Leapheart, Northwood professor and director of the Mock Trial Program

DECA

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

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Prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs
for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality,
and management

RECENT ACTIVITY

Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

STUDENT DISTINCTIONS

Nine NU students win Leadership Passport Blue Diamond Award

NU earns prestigious Leadership Passport Executive Award

Allison Brown elected Collegiate DECA International vice president

WORTH QUOTING

Allison’s election to international office is an especially proud moment for Northwood. It is almost impossible to get elected to an international office. It took our entire team to make that happen.
— John Gustincic, Northwood professor who serves as the DECA chapter advisor

Business Professionals of America

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

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Prepares students for careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration, and others

RECENT ACTIVITY

National Leadership Conference in Texas

STUDENT DISTINCTIONS

Two students gain national leadership roles

22 qualify for national competition

All 14 who attended earned medals 

David Burkhardt and Kennedy Shea win top honors in national competitive divisions

WORTH QUOTING

With two students in national leadership positions for BPA this year, it was an excellent opportunity to highlight our students among those of business schools around the country.
— Julie Adamczyk, Northwood’s BPA advisor and executive director of Alumni Relations