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(Estherville, Iowa) Two standout Iowa Lakes Community College students, Emma Foxhoven and Sarah Riesberg, returned with top honors from the recent Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference held in Des Moines in February.

Under the guidance of Deb Jones, Professor and BPA Advisor at Iowa Lakes, Foxhoven and Reisberg showcased remarkable talent and dedication, securing top honors in various categories at the event.

Foxhoven, a sophomore in the Business Specialist program from Emmetsburg, Iowa, excelled by clinching first place in Integrated Office Applications and Intermediate Word Processing and receiving an Honorable Mention in Administrative Support Concepts.

Riesberg, a sophomore in the Administrative Assistant Program, demonstrated exceptional skills by securing first place in Advanced Word Processing, second place in Integrated Office Applications and Administrative Support Concepts, third place in Interview Skills, and fifth place in Financial Math and Analysis Concepts. Additionally, Riesberg will be a State Vice President for the Iowa Post-Secondary Division for the academic year 2024-25.

“I’m incredibly proud of Emma Foxhoven and Sarah Riesberg’s success at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Their achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication, exemplifying Iowa Lakes’ commitment to fostering excellence and preparing students for success in the workplace,” said Jones.

The BPA is a nationally recognized co-curricular organization for students enrolled in business and technology programs in middle school, high school, and college. Iowa students engage in regional, state, and national competitions featuring over 50 Workplace Skills Assessment Program events. Moreover, students actively participate in community service and leadership activities and foster connections with fellow business students statewide and nationwide.

Iowa Lakes Community College offers specialized programs that emphasize practical hands-on activities to complement classroom instruction, aligning closely with the goals of the BPA and providing students with valuable experience in applying meaningful workplace skills.