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Three Peru State College Students Place in National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in Anaheim


(Peru, Neb.) Three members of Peru State College’s (PSC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a state and national business association, recently earned high honors in the association’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Jennifer Epting, a senior accounting major from North Platte, placed third in the Job Interview category and sixth in the Future Business Executive category. The team of Amanda Knickman, a senior business major from Syracuse, and Mallory Lempka, a sophomore accounting major from Cook, placed eighth in the Business Ethics category.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “We are proud to have had these students represent Peru State College at the national level. This is a tough competition, so it’s a testament to the quality of our students and the education they have received here at Peru State to have three place in the national competition. I congratulate them for their efforts.”

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 Grotrian is the group’s advisor.

The Peru State chapter of PBL as a whole was honored at a statewide conference earlier this year with a Bronze 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 for record-keeping work done by Knickman as part of her chapter historian role.

Ted Harshbarger, PSC’s director of Transition Services and Nebraska PBL State Adviser, said, “Overall, Nebraska PBL had its best year ever with 48 top 10 places and should be in the top three of the 30-plus states represented in Anaheim. It is a tribute to the education students receive in this state.”