Butte High student tops in competition; takes three firsts

2013-03-30T00:15:00Z Butte High student tops in competition; takes three firstsBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

A junior from Butte High took three first place awards at a state business competition in Billings earlier this month.

Dustin LaMiaux, 17, credited plenty of study and help from educators for his success at the Business Professional of America competition March 10-12. He took first place in the categories that included computer network technology, network administration and PC servicing and troubleshooting.

The competition included about 1,100 students from around the state who competed in various categories.

“I was ecstatic,” LaMiaux told The Montana Standard Friday about his performance.

LaMiaux said he was much more prepared at this year’s even than he was at the 2012 BPA state competition. He took second place and sixth place last year.

LaMiaux said he studied more for this year’s event and had help from Highlands College instructor Jim Freeborn. His mother, Rita LaMiaux, who is also an instructor at Highlands College in Butte, also assisted him in preparing for the competition.

“There were a few questions I wouldn’t have gotten without their help,” he said.

Butte High teacher Steve Maloney, who is LaMiaux’ adviser, praised the young man’s accomplishments at the state event. He described LaMiaux as a student with great computer skills and intelligence.

“The kid is going places,” Maloney said.

Maloney said the BPA is federally funded extra-curricular group that promotes business accounting and computer skills. He added that students who excel in the BPA often find great success in the future.

“These kids usually go on to be CEOs in Fortune 500 companies,” Maloney said.

LaMiaux will go to the BPA’s national competition in Orlando, Fla., in early May to compete against an expected pool of 9,000 students. He plans to continue studying for the national competition like he did for the state competition.

After high school, LaMiaux hopes to study engineering at either Stanford or the University of California at Berkeley.

John Grant Emeigh may be reached via email at john.emeigh@lee.net or phone at 496-5511. Follow him at Twitter.com/@johnemeigh.

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