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 had 18 top-five finishes, including five first-place winners at the state competition. SBU competitors included:
First place – Programming Concepts
Second place – Computer Concepts
Second place – Cybersecurity
First place – Cybersecurity
Second place – Computer Applications
Third place – Computer Concepts
Second place – Networking Concepts
Fifth place – Cybersecurity
Third place – Cybersecurity
First place – Future Business Executive
Third place – Entrepreneurship Concepts
Third place – Networking Concepts
Second place – Organizational Behavior and Leadership
First place – Impromptu
Third place – Public Speaking
Fifth place – Job Interview
“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.)