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My Daughter, Lindsey Vroma, named Top Student Web Designer in the Nation!


My Daughter, Lindsey Vroma, named Top Student Web Designer in the Nation!

Lindsey Vroma BPA FinalsTo say I am a proud Mama would be a serious understatement. How many parents can say their daughter took the title as Top Student Web Designer in the Nation according to Business Professionals of America? When my daughter Lindsey (far right) and her partner won at Regionals, I thought it was really wonderful. When they took 2nd at the state level and qualified to go to Nationals, I wondered if they could really pull it off.

When she boarded the plane to Dallas June 18, 2009, I was seriously bummed that I could not go with her!! I knew she had worked really hard on all the graphics. She is a wiz with Adobe Photo Shop and she taught herself!! Lindsey would spend hours and hours creating the most incredible graphics. She was constantly changing her computer desk top to show off her latest creation. She would sit for hours looking at code trying to figure out what was wrong--changing and tweaking as she went. When she decideded they needed to do a omplete make over before Nationals, I have to admit I was a little worried. They pulled off in days what it usually takes moths to do. My daughter was at it constantly. She wanted to win in the biggest way. Her partner, Alex, wasn't quite as in to it as my daughter was. In fact, at one point Alex decided she didn't want to go. It was hard for Lindsey who was after a career in web design. Alex wasn't pursuing a career in web design but opted to go to school for nursing. After urging from her instructor, she decided to go.

Each time they competed, they had to give a presentation and then take 5 mintues of judges questions. Their design, "Top 10 Things to do in Dallas" was judged on knowledge of web design, layout, graphics, team work, leadership and flexibility of browsers. Lindsey called and said they did really well on the presentation but she was still nervous. They were to get the results at the awards ceremony the next day. Saturday I was pacing waiting for Lindsey's call . . . phone in hand . . .waiting . . . . waiting. Finally at around 10:05 pm the phone rang, "Mom" she said in a sad voice, "your not going to believe what happened . . .", my heart dropped and I was ready with, 'just getting there alone means you are a winner' speech when she screams, "WE WON . . .WE WON". I was giddy, "You mean, as in first place?" "Yes we won first!!"

Lindsey is now attending Baker College for web design. She won a full ride scholarship to Davenport College but they wouldn't give it to her because they said it was past the application period. The finals were suppose to be held in May, but because of the Swine Flu epidemic, it had been postponed. One would think she would have won other scholarship money but they got absolutely nothing. That part makes me so sad. All these athletes get all these free ride scholarships and kids who are competing in what they would actually be attending the school for get nothing!!

But the important part is, she won!! She is showing the world what she is made of!!!! She recently went to the State Horse show and placed twice. She is an incredible singer and she can draw like I can not even believe. She also recently did the header desgn on my web site,

I am so proud to call her "Daughter"!


Comment balloon 24 commentsTami Vroma • September 24 2009 07:33AM


Congratulations Tami, what an accomplishment!  Your daughter looks like she could be your sister!!  Look at her go --  of course you are proud!  Thanks for sharing.

-Karin :)


Tami, I'm so happy for you and your daughter.  You have something to be very, very proud of!  Congratulations!

Posted by Lina Robertson Jones, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) almost 8 years ago

Tami, Seriously you do look like sisters! Congrats to Lindsey for her accomplishments! I checked out the Top 10 Things to Do in Dallas that she did. It's really good!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) almost 8 years ago

What a great story!  Congratulations on your daughters success.  Her work is great and you have every right to be proud.  Thanks for sharing this story with us.



Posted by Karen Poss, Realtor - 256-366-6292 - Search Florence Al Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Properties, Florence Alabama) almost 8 years ago

WOW! So many accomplishments for such a young girl.

Congratulations to your daughter. It just goes to show working hard pays off.

Posted by Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals (The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations to your daughter, and well done by her parents. Too bad about the scholarship money. Kids that have capabilities shouldn't be losing out because they don't know how to best handle a ball.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations to you and Lindsey that is quite an accomplishment.  I would say she has a very bright future.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 8 years ago

Karin - We hear that all the time about how much we look alike---she rolls her eyes all time and says, "if I had a dollar for everytime someone said that I would be a millionaire".  Thanks for the kuddos!

Lina- Thanks for the Congrats!! 

Jen- The amazing thing about that Web Site is she redid the entire thing in about 6 days!

Karen - Thanks so much for the compliments on her work!

Richard - The funny thins is that she is oblivious to what she has done for her career!

Ed - Well said - it irritates me to no end!

Richard - I think she has quite a future also.  She just did a website for a salon!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations to you and your daughter!

Tops in the nation is an amazing accomplishment.

Thank you for sharing this proud mommy moment with us!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 8 years ago

That is so awesome!  She is so talented and pretty too.  I'm very excited for her!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 8 years ago

Hi Tami ~ Congratulations to you both! How proud you must be and how exciting for your daughter! It sounds like she is starting her career out with a bang!!!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund ~ Reno's Premier Real Estate Company) almost 8 years ago

Craig-Thanks for allowing me to share!

Ann- You are so sweet-I think she is pretty but I am a little biased!

Terrie- A bang she doesn't even realize!!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Tami, A HUGE congratulations to your daughter.  I don't blame you a bit for being the proud mom, that's certainly quite an honor!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 8 years ago

Tami -

You have every right to be the proud mama.  I'm sure your clients feel the same way a about you.

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) almost 8 years ago

Congrats to both of you!  What a wonderful accomplishment for your daughter, I would be very proud as well.

Posted by Lisa Matykiewicz (United Brokers Group) almost 8 years ago

Tami, Congrats to your daughter and to you for raising her.  That is truly something to be proud of. 

Our daughter's degree is in Communication Design from the University of North Texas.  It was a tough degree and so I know the competition your daughter is under.  Our daughter graduated and then moved to New York City.  She decided she hated corporate America and became an International flight attendant.  She uses her art degree taking pictures of her travels.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 8 years ago

Carole-Thank you for the Congrats!

Michael- What a nice thing to say-my clients are my friends and I love to share in their childrens accomplishments also!

Lisa-Thank you so much!

Marchel-Your daughter sounds like a wonderful person also.  I don't think Lindsey will ever get into corporate America.  She wants to do free-lance so she can stay home with her children someday.  After I wrote this yesterday a bizarre chain of events happened and she is probably already on her way to building a client base!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

What an honor! Top in the nation!  I am impressed.  Tami, I am so happy for you that your daughter has accomplished his and made you one proud mom!

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations to Lindsey!  That's an extraordinary achievement & I wish her continued success in her endeavors. :)

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Shirley - it is still mind boggeling to me!

Lola- Thank you so much!!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hey Tami:) Congrats to Lindsay!  Tops in the Nation, I would be proud have one good looking daughter...Looks like it is Davenport College's loss and Baker College's win to have such a great student that will make them proud! 

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 8 years ago
Suonds great to me BWTHDIK
Posted by Ally over 6 years ago

Congratulation Tami,Really show how talented you guys are in the family.Best of luck and stay being top notch Grand Rapids Short Sale Agent.


Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Hello Tami,This is a great blog.Glad I had a chance to read this.I know this may be late but Congratulation to you and your daughter ! You're such a great Mom. I wish you all the best and your family.Keep it up being top notch Grand Rapids Short Sale Agent.


Posted by Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale (International Properties and Investments LLC) over 5 years ago