NHS sophomore Minh Tong scored the third highest score in the nation on the Microsoft Excel certification test and received a Kindle Touch for his accomplishment.
"I thought (the competition) would be harder than it was," Tong said. "I didn't end up needing any of the reference material I brought."
During his test, Rice said he had to create budget charts.
Rice said he was surprised by even being selected to go to nationals in the spreadsheet category.
"At state, I was in the finals for graphic design," Rice said. "If I was going to go on I thought it would be for graphic design, but they also called my named for spreadsheets. I didn't expect to get so far in it, especially not the top 10 since it was my first year."
During the trip, the BPA members visited Millennium Park, the "bean," Willis "Sears" Tower and went "Out on the ledge" and Water Tower Plaza.
"We shopped down the Magnificent Mile," BPA sponsor Beth Moody said. "We stayed in Hyatt Regency Chicago. Our group walked with 1,500 other students to Navy Pier for Special Olympics. Each state was led by a Special Olympian."
Rice said his favorite part of the trip was going to the skydeck of Willis Tower.
"We made Mrs. Moody go on it, and she's scared of heights," Rice said. "It was pretty funny."
The group also enjoyed eating at a variety of Chicago restaurants including Bubba Gump's on Navy Pier, Rainforest Café, Houlihans, and Giordano's Pizza.
Meanwhile, the NHS Small Business Management team, which included Conrad Koehler, Tyler Funk, and Paige Stevenson, made finals, and placed 12th.
In addition, BPA sponsor Beth Moody also took the Microsoft Word certification test and passed.
Senior Caleena Myers was in the top third of the students taking the Medical Office Applications, while Cam Burdette and Dustin Stevenson received Ambassador Torch Awards and were honored at a reception.
The new national BPA president is Sam Alexander, Danville, Ind.
According to Moody, Alexander shared a room with Koehler and Funk during the conference. Northview helped with Alexander's campaign.