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SBU PBL team qualifies nine for nationals

Bearcats claim 22 top-5 wins at the state competition

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization had nine students qualify for the PBL National competition after an outstanding finish at the PBL State Leadership Conference on April 9 in Springfield.

Members of the SBU PBL team“Our first in-person conference in two years was a blast,” said SBU PBL Student President Blake Robinett. “Our members participated in team-building activities, got to spend quality time together and network with fellow PBL from chapters across the state. All members exceeded our already high expectations regarding the competitive events, with 10, first placements and 5, second placements. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.” 

Competing against more than seven other universities, the SBU PBL team captured 22 top-5 wins at the state competition. Tyler Eads, Grace Percival, Charles Philips, Tyler Burnett, Blake Robinett, Emma Hurtgen and Jacob Weihe all captured first-place finishes, as the SBU team excelled in their events completed prior to the conference.

SLC Awards

Tyler Eads, senior from Neosho: 1st – Accounting for professionals; 1st – Accounting Principles
Grace Percival (sophomore, Springfield): 1st – Business Communications; 1st – Microeconomics; 3rd – Accounting Principles
Autumn Orbin (sophomore, Pleasant Hope): 2nd – Programming Concepts; 2nd – Computer Concepts; 5th – Insurance Concepts
Charles Phillips (junior, Raymore): 1st – Computer Concepts; 1st – Impromptu Speaking; 4th – Management Concepts
Tyler Burnett (senior, St. Louis); 1st – Insurance Concepts; 2nd – Financial Concepts; 4th – Personal Finance 
Blake Robinett (senior, Oklahoma City): 1st – Project Management; 2nd – Management Concepts; 2nd – Organizational Leadership 
Emma Hurtgen (junior, Chillicothe): 1st – Website Design; 4th – Information Management
Canyon Milligan (junior, Fulton): 2nd – Microeconomics; 4th – Project Management
Jacob Weihe (junior, Morrisville); 1st – Programming Concepts

“Every year, I am blessed with an outstanding SBU PBL team, and this year is no exception,” said Meilani Conley, SBU PBL advisor and instructor of the Division of Computing and Mathematics. “I am truly honored and privileged to be their advisor. 

“Our team continues to make an impact in our SBU community and now, at the state level. I am thankful for each member and for the professors who helped them prepare for the conference. I am proud to see our PBL members demonstrating their academic excellence through competition. They worked hard to prepare for this conference, and I cannot wait to see them compete on the national stage.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The national PBL competition will take place June 24-27 in Chicago.

Photo: SBU PBL members (left to right) Grace Percival, Charles Phillips, Autumn Orbin (Vice President), Blake Robinett (President), Emma Hurtgen (Secretary), Canyon Milligan, Tyler Burnett, Jacob Weihe and Tyler Eads.

*Published: 4-22-2022