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Four Peru State College Students Headed for National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in Atlanta


(Peru, Neb.) Four members of Peru State College’s (PSC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a state and national business association, will represent Nebraska at the association’s National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June.


Amanda Knickman, a senior from Syracuse; Sherry Kvasnicka, a senior from Crete; Erin Scoville, a senior from Elwood; and Tammy Meyers, a senior from Peru, have each earned a trip to nationals after placing first and/or second in a variety of competitive events at the 2008 Nebraska Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Kearney. Since national participants can only compete in two events, other PSC students who placed in the statewide competition also have an opportunity to move up in the rankings and compete at nationals.


The competition focused on a wide range of business-related tests, including subjects ranging from financial analysis and economic concepts to human resource management and business ethics. PSC Assistant Professor of Business Sheri Knippelmeyer is the group’s advisor.


PSC President Dr. Ben Johnson said, “The students who competed have shown a real desire to understand all of the nuances of business, which will ultimately help prepare them for future careers in the industry. This is a tough competition, so it’s a testament to the quality of the students we have here at Peru State to have four qualify for nationals.”


The Peru State chapter of PBL as a whole was honored at the statewide conference with the Gold Excellence Award for their commitment to the organization by participating in various community service projects and other activities. The chapter was also awarded a Scrapbook Certificate based on the efforts of Knickman and Whitley Siefford, a junior from Fairbury, both of whom are chapter historians who completed a chapter scrapbook for the year.


PSC’s top finishers in the individual competition at the state level include:


Kelly Bush – Sophomore - Arcadia
7th Place - Statistical Analysis


Colton Harris – Senior – Clarinda, Iowa
3rd Place - Impromptu Speaking
4th Place - Future Business Executive
4th Place - Job Interview
5th Place - Financial Concepts


Amanda Knickman – Senior - Syracuse
1st Place - Small Business Management Plan


Sherry Kvasnicka – Senior - Crete
2nd Place - Future Business Executive
2nd Place - Human Resource Management
3rd Place - Job Interview
6th Place - Marketing Analysis & Decision Making


Robert Lindsey – Senior - Frankfort, Ill.
6th Place - Sports Management & Marketing


Tammy Meyers – Senior - Peru
3rd Place - Cyber Security
4th Place - Sports Management & Marketing
5th Place - Contemporary Sports Issues


Bryan Miller – Senior - Lincoln
1st Place - Business Law
1st Place - Justice Administration
1st Place - Marketing Analysis & Decision Making
4th Place - Economic Analysis & Decision Making
4th Place - Financial Analysis & Decision Making
4th Place - Information Management


Josh Nelson – Junior - Shickley
3rd Place - Marketing Concepts
8th Place - Management Concepts


Erin Scoville – Senior - Elwood
3rd Place - International Business


Dustin Sealey – Senior - Hastings
8th Place - Contemporary Sports Issues


Maranda Torkelson – Senior - Stella
1st Place - Future Business Teacher


Christina Wusk – Senior - Sterling
5th Place - Financial Analysis & Decision Making


PSC’s top finishers in the team competition include:


Sherry Kvasnicka, Amanda Knickman and Maranda Torkelson
2nd Place - Business Decision Making


Erin Scoville and Amanda Knickman
2nd Place - Hospitality Management