Coon Rapids HS recognizes its business students

Students taking business classes at Coon Rapids High School have been recognized for their academic accomplishments.

Seventeen Coon Rapids High School seniors received 2013 business and marketing awards at the annual senior recognition lunch hosted by the school’s business teachers. Front row, left to right: Christopher Walen, Juan Suarez, Cody Ancheta, Joseph Murphy, Matthew Larson, Troy Schafer and Brian Ford. Back row, left to right: Alexander Hassebroek, Chad Ziegler, Andrew Biernat, Adam Reents, Grant Farley, Jesse Hachey, Bryce McManus and Robert Hammer. Not pictured: Cory Page and Spencer Motter.

Seventeen Coon Rapids High School seniors received 2013 business and marketing awards at the annual senior recognition lunch hosted by the school’s business teachers. Front row, left to right: Christopher Walen, Juan Suarez, Cody Ancheta, Joseph Murphy, Matthew Larson, Troy Schafer and Brian Ford. Back row, left to right: Alexander Hassebroek, Chad Ziegler, Andrew Biernat, Adam Reents, Grant Farley, Jesse Hachey, Bryce McManus and Robert Hammer. Not pictured: Cory Page and Spencer Motter.

Business teachers at the school honored 17 seniors who had achieved at least a C grade-point average in seven business and marketing classes.

They hosted a pizza party for the seniors May 21 and presented them with certificates for their accomplishments.

The school offers classes in three specific areas – computers and technology; business, finance and investing; and management, marketing and law.

Seniors who have taken four classes in each of the specialized business and marketing areas are presented a certificate in that specialized field, according to Joleen Huso, business teacher.

A senior who does not qualify under the four classes in any of the three areas, but has had a C grade in at least seven business classes received a general business and marketing certificate, Huso said.

In fact, three of the 17 seniors earned certificates in two business and marketing areas.

An anomaly this year was that all 17 seniors receiving certificates were boys.

Huso can’t recall a previous year when girls have not been part of the recognition ceremony.

Business classes are available to students in all four grades at the high school, but they are electives, according to Huso.

And with the emphasis on core subjects in order to graduate and the limits imposed by the number of class periods available each day, it is difficult to students to fit in business classes, Huso.

“These seniors identified early on that they were interested in a business career,” she said.

Business teacher Blake Bodenburg congratulated the students on their success prior to the awarding of the certificates.

And those certificates will look good on any resume or job application, he said.

“You are a very select group of seniors,” Bodenburg said.

Seniors receiving business and marketing awards were:

• Cody Ancheta, general business and marketing.

• Andrew Biernat, management, marketing and law.

• Grant Farley, management, marketing and law.

• Brian Ford, management, marketing and law.

• Jesse Hachey, management, marketing and law.

• Robert Hammer, management, marketing and law.

• Alexander Hassebroek, management, marketing and law.

• Matthew Larson, management, marketing and law; and business, finance and investing.

• Bryce McManus, management, marketing and law.

• Spencer Motter, business, finance and investing; and computer and technology.

• Joseph Murphy, management, marketing and law.

• Cory Page, management, marketing and law.

• Adam Reents, management, marketing and law.

• Troy Schafer, management, marketing and law; and computers and technology.

• Juan Suarez, management, marketing and law.

• Christopher Walen, computers and technology.

• Chad Ziegler, management, marketing and law.

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

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