WIC business students compete; to hold fundraiser

IRON RIVER—Six of the 14 West Iron County Business Professionals of America Club students that took part in the regional competition qualified for the state competition in Grand Rapids.
    The following students qualified for the state event:
    Tyler Upperstrom: first in Graphic Design Promotion, third in Digital Media Productions
    Megan Strom: first in Digital Media Productions
    Garrett Bigelow: second in Fundamentals of Web Design
    James Swanson: second in Digital Media Productions
    Josiah Holroyd: third in Graphic Design Promotion
    Lexi Condon: fourth in Presentation Management Individual
    Business Club Advisor Lee Rometti said the students competed in a variety of contests including presentation management, individual and team video, graphic design, desktop publishing, legal and medical concepts, broadcast news team, website design, banking and finance, and others.
    “Most were new to the club this year,” Rometti said. “Many students just missed qualifying for the state competitions by one place.”
    The qualifying students will compete in Grand Rapids March 15-18 against the best in the state. They will stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and travel to the event with several U.P. schools, including Forest Park.  
    To help pay for this and future trips, the club will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at Grace Covenant Church. There will also be silent auction and raffles. Many local businesses have donated gifts that will either be raffled off or be used to make dinner. Alice’s will provide the breadsticks and onion bread and Kevin Zini has donated many wildlife prints to be used in a silent auction.  
    The dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Take outs will be available.
    “The trip to the state competitions is expensive,” Rometti said. “The students have been busy fundraising since the fall. If you can, please help support our students. Nationals are in Dallas this year and we have students who have worked hard and have a good chance of qualifying for the national competitions.”