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Two Peru State Students Earn Top Honors at National Business Competition, Seven Place in Top 10


Will Fogle
Will Fogle accepts his first place award at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Orlando.

(Peru, Neb.) Two Peru State College (PSC) students recently earned first place at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.


PBL is a state and national business association. 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.


Will Fogle, a senior computer management information systems major from Peru, won first place in the category of Database Design & Applications. He also won second place honors in the Computer Applications category.


Mike Mulroney
Mike Mulroney accepts his first place award at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Orlando.

Mike Mulroney, a junior human performance systems management major from Fort Dodge, Iowa, earned first place in Justice Administration.


PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Providing our undergraduate students an opportunity to present their work at a national conference is an example of Peru State College’s efforts to create unique opportunities for student engagement while also opening doors that will benefit their future careers. These awards are a tribute to their hard work, as well as that of their advisor and faculty in our outstanding School of Professional Studies. We are proud of our students’ achievements.”  


PSC Assistant Professor of Business and PBL Advisor Sheri Grotrian said, “The National Leadership Conference allowed our students to showcase their business knowledge and talents. Based on the number of Top 10 honors, it is clear that PSC students were tremendously successful.”


Eight other PSC students earned places in the top 10 nationally in each of their categories.

  • Kaylie Frederick, a senior from Falls City, placed sixth in Accounting for Professionals.
  • Mallory Lempka, a senior from Cook, placed fifth in Future Business Executive.
  • Elizabeth McKim, a senior from Humboldt, placed second in Marketing Concepts and sixth in Retail Management.
  • Bob McLaughlin, a senior from Rising City, placed fourth in Future Business Executive.
  • Eden Pinkelman, a senior from Hartington, placed fifth in Database Design & Applications.
  • Debbie Trecek, a senior from Bellevue, placed seventh in Integrated Marketing Campaign.
  • Lempka, McLaughlin & Tricia Lempka, a freshman from Cook, placed seventh in Community Service Project.


Rounding out the 17 PSC students who earned a trip to the national competition, are:

  • Jennifer Clark, a senior from Bellevue.
  • Andrew Conn, a senior from Wausa.
  • Matt Martin, a senior from Omaha.
  • Jonathan Newcomb, a senior from Cook.
  • Lisa Sierks, a senior from Auburn.
  • Andrew Staudt, a senior from Westminster, Colo.
  • Ashliegh West-Lesher, a senior from Steele City.
  • Josh West-Lesher, a sophomore from Steele City.


As a chapter, the PSC Epsilon Tau chapter also earned an Outstanding Chapter award and the 2011 Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit in recognition and appreciation of the chapter’s active participation in programs and projects advancing the goals of FBLA-PBL.