Coon Rapids business students honored

Eleven Coon Rapids High School students have been recognized for their success in business classes at the school.

The 2012 business and marketing awards program, which included a pizza lunch, took place May 24.

To earn certificates in one or more business areas, the students had to take at least seven business-related courses in their four years of high school and achieve at least a C average in all of them.

According to Blake Bodenburg, one of the Coon Rapids High School business instructors, most of the students got As and Bs in their business classes.

The number of seniors receiving recognition, 11 this year, was down from previous years; in 2011, there were 28, Bodenburg said.

Coon Rapids High School seniors who earned 2012 business and marketing awards were, front row, left to right: Justin Vetsch, Julia Wittrock, Leah Anderson, Alicia Taylor and Joshua Eichacker; back row, left to right: Jacob Smith, Collin Magnuson, Collin Watke, Ryan Demaio and Steven Clark. Not pictured was Derrick Ernst, who was playing in a high school golf tournament.

Coon Rapids High School seniors who earned 2012 business and marketing awards were, front row, left to right: Justin Vetsch, Julia Wittrock, Leah Anderson, Alicia Taylor and Joshua Eichacker; back row, left to right: Jacob Smith, Collin Magnuson, Collin Watke, Ryan Demaio and Steven Clark. Not pictured was Derrick Ernst, who was playing in a high school golf tournament.

That’s because the structure of the school day has changed and students have less time to take electives like business courses, he said.

Indeed, one student had completed six business classes, but was unable to find a way in her course requirements to take the seventh class that would have earned her recognition, Bodenburg said.

Bodenburg congratulated the students for earning the certificates, which were presented in three areas – general business and marketing; management, marketing and law; and business, finance and investing.

And one of the seniors, Collin Magnuson was awarded certificates in two of those areas.

“You should be very proud of your accomplishments given the number of students that take business courses at the school,” Bodenburg said.

According to Bodenburg, students who make up their minds in high school on a chosen career path generally do better in college.

Most, not all, the seniors receiving certificates May 24 have a business-related career in mind, Bodenburg said.

Leah Anderson was at one time looking at a career in accounting, now she wants to go into financial management, she said.

Magnuson wants to own his own business, while Collin Watke and Ryan Demaio said they plan to go into marketing.

According to Josh Eichacker, he considering a career in marketing or sales, while Jacob Smith said he has his sights set on being a diesel mechanic and perhaps owning his own business.

Alicia Taylor has not made up her mind on a career path, she said.

And Jacob Smith said he plans to become a youth pastor.

Business and marketing award winners were:

• Leah Anderson, general business and marketing.

• Steven Clark, management, marketing and law.

• Ryan Demaio, business, finance and law.

• Joshua Eichacker, business, finance and investing.

• Derrick Ernst, general business and marketing.

• Collin Magnuson, business, finance and investing; and management, marketing and law.

• Jacob Smith, management, marketing and law.

• Alicia Taylor, general business and marketing.

• Justin Vetsch, general business and marketing.

• Collin Watke, general business and marketing.

• Julia Wittrock, management, marketing and law.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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