FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2016, 8:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Atlanta, Georgia- Twenty Peru State College students competed in the 2015-2016 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference. Those 20 students brought home twelve top ten finishes nationally including one first place award with the Nebraska Parliamentary Procedure Team.
Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, Phi Beta Lambda faculty advisor and associate professor, writes, “This year, Peru State students demonstrated their excellence in a variety of PBL competitions. I was also extremely pleased to see honors and awards being earned by freshmen and seniors, and by newcomers and returners.”
“Peru State has a long tradition of success with PBL at the state and national levels. I look forward to seeing that continue.”
The Peru State PBL chapter was also recognized with four chapter awards: the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit; the Chapter Challenge Award; the Non-Stop November Award; and the Super Sweeps Award.
The Hollis and Kitty Guy Award recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL. Peru State was first chosen for the award at the state level before being recognized at the national conference.
The Chapter Challenge Award encourages recruitment, retention, and member involvement. The Super Sweeps Award and the Non-Stop November Award are related recognition for certain recruitment and retention seasons. All three awards are selected at the state level and again at the national level.
The national competition followed the State Leadership Conference held in Kearney, Nebraska. At the state level, 27 competing students brought home more than 70 top ten finishes including 17 first place awards.
At the state leave the top 2 or 3 finishes, depending on the contest, were automatically eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference. Students could compete in only 2 events at Nationals.
Brandie Westhart of Johnson, Nebraska was Peru State College’s member of the Nebraska Parliamentary Procedure team. The Nebraska team won first place at the national competition. Previously, Westhart was also named to the Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL.
Kendra Alberts and Hannah Chubbuck won eighth place in the Community Service Competition for their work in support of international students. Alberts is from Auburn, Nebraska and Chubbuck is from Raymond, Nebraska. The duo won first place in the state competition.
Haley Benedict and Sara Chaloupka won ninth place in the Small Business Management Plan competition. Benedict is from Springfield, Nebraska and Chaloupka is from Grand Island, Nebraska. With the addition of Dolores McGargill, the group won first place in the state competition.
Hannah Chubbuck (Raymond, NE) won fifth place in Strategic Analysis & Decision Making. She earned first place in the subject at the state level where she was also named to the Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL and Elected Vice President of Public Relations for Nebraska PBL for the 2016-2017 year.
Rachael Cole and Lindsay Harlow won third place for their Local Chapter Annual Business Report. Cole is from Wymore, Nebraska and Harlow is from Dawson, Nebraska. They won first place at the state level.
Katie Evans of Independence, Missouri won fourth place in the Computer Applications competition. She won first place at the state level.
Dolores McGargill of Auburn, Nebraska won tenth place in the Help Desk competition. She won first place in the state competition.
Dylan Reinhardt & Scott Riley won eighth place for their Business Presentation competition. Reinhardt is from Lincoln, Nebraska and Riley is from Auburn, Nebraska. The pair won first place at the state level.
Riley also won fifth place in the Macroeconomics competition. He won second place in the state competition.
Zach Zobel of Ashland, Nebraska won sixth place in Strategic Analysis & Decision Making.
In addition, the following individuals were in the final 15 competitors in the national finals for the competitions:
- Business Law – Benjamin Amoussou (Omaha, NE) and Dolores McGargill
- Client Services – Tess Messman (Beatrice, NE)
- Human Resource Management – Benjamin Amoussou, Zak Ruei (Omaha, NE) and Brandie Westhart
- Impromptu Speaking – Dylan Reinhardt
- Integrated Marketing Campaign – Sara Chaloupka and Ashlyn Draper (Lincoln, NE)
- Sales Presentation – Kendra Alberts
At the state level, the Peru State College PBL chapter was also recognized with a Gold Level Excellence Award. Gold Level Excellence is the highest level possible and shows that the chapter contributed to regional and national conferences; PBL public relations; community service; and fundraising.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business.
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.