SBU PBL qualifies eight students for national competition

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization had eight students qualify for the PBL Nationals on June 23-26 in Baltimore, Md., following an impressive showing at the PBL State Leadership Competition on April 7 in Springfield.

SBU PBL qualifies eight for nationals.SBU PBL had 18 top-five finishes, including five first-place winners at the state competition. SBU competitors included:

  • Josh Adams – junior – West Plains

            First place – Programming Concepts

            Second place – Computer Concepts

            Second place – Cybersecurity

  • Allison Hawkins – junior – St. Joseph

            First place – Cybersecurity

            Second place – Computer Applications

            Third place – Computer Concepts

  • Nathan Hooper – freshman – Bolivar

            Second place – Networking Concepts

            Fifth place – Cybersecurity

  • Austin Masters – junior – Strafford

            Third place – Cybersecurity

  • Emily Munsell – senior – Osceola

            First place – Future Business Executive

  • Stephan Munsell – junior – Belton

            Third place – Entrepreneurship Concepts

            Third place – Networking Concepts

  • Audrey Russell – junior – West Plains

            Second place – Organizational Behavior and Leadership

  • Mikayla Throne – junior – Ozark

            First place – Impromptu

            Third place – Public Speaking

            Fifth place – Job Interview

Team events

  • Munsell-Munsell – First place – Business Presentation
  • Masters-Russell – Second place – Business Ethics

“I am very proud of our team; they competed against some of the best in Missouri and did an excellent job representing our university,” said Meilani Conley, SBU PBL advisor and instructor of computer science. “They diligently prepared and practiced for their written and performance events. I am blessed to say that their hard work paid off and, for the fifth year in a row, we will compete on the national stage.”

In the last four years, SBU PBL students have claimed 21 top-10 national finishes at the PBL National Leadership Conference.

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.

Cutline: (Left to right): Austin Masters, Audrey Russell, Mikayla Throne and Nathan Hooper display medals won at the PBL State Leadership Competition. (Not pictured: Allison Hawkins, Emily Munsell, Josh Adams and Stephan Munsell.)

*Published: 4-12-18