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Technology Day showcases students of all ages

Wednesday (Dec. 2) at Minot State University, high school students will compete at the Department of Business Information Technology’s 18th annual Technology Day. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Conference Center, third floor of the Student Center.

“Technology Day is an excellent event to showcase area high school students in their business and technology skills. This year, 13 schools, the most ever, are competing,” said Jan Repnow, business information technology assistant professor. “This event also showcases our business teacher-education students as they plan, organize and manage all aspects of this competition in preparation for their upcoming teaching careers.”

High schools select students for competition in accounting, business communication, business law, desktop publishing, document production, business principles, spreadsheet applications and presentation software. For instance, in one competition, participants create a spreadsheet and a chart from given data. For another, participants create a presentation of 10 slides on an assigned topic. Every school is eligible to enter one student in each of the eight individual events.

“An addition this year is that as part of the presentation software segment, the students must present their presentation to a panel of judges,” Repnow said.

The school with the most points for placements in all competitions will receive a sweepstakes trophy. Participating high schools are Berthold, Bowbells, Burke Central, Des Lacs-Burlington, Kenmare, Powers Lake, Sawyer, Stanley, Surrey, TGU Granville, TGU Towner, Underwood and Westhope.

BIT faculty members and business teacher-education students will supervise the competition, which starts at 9:30 a.m. in Old Main. In concurrent sessions beginning at 11:45 a.m., Jarid Lundeen, Minot Tires/Tires Plus Total Car Care owner, will present “Align Your High School Life for the Future” or a Game Day Technology Tour will be given in the Dome and the Herb Parker Press Box. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. Technology Day corporate sponsors include SRT Communications, Grand Hotel, Microsoft Corporation, MSU Office of Enrollment Services, Hatfield Wass & Associates, Vertical Solutions, CompuTech Inc., Town and Country Credit Union and First International Bank and Trust. For questions, contact Repnow at 858-3325 or

Published: 12/01/15

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