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Technology Day showcases students of all ages

High school students will compete Feb. 15 at the Minot State University Department of Business Information Technology’s 19th 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, 15 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 slides on an assigned topic. Every school is eligible to enter one student in each of the eight individual events.

“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, Max, Nedrose, Powers Lake, Stanley, Surrey, TGU Granville, TGU Towner, Tioga, 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 and the Conference Center. At 11:45 a.m., Vernon Dosch, president and chief executive officer of National Information Solutions Cooperative, is the keynote speaker in the Conference Center. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Technology Day corporate sponsors include SRT Communications, Grand Hotel, MSU Office of Enrollment Services, First Western Bank and Trust, CompuTech Inc., Town and Country Credit Union, First International Bank and Trust, The Computer Store and Bremer Bank. For questions, contact Repnow at 858-3325 or

Published: 12/05/16

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