SBU PBL team qualifies nine for nationals

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 13 in Springfield.

SBU's PBL team qualified nine students for nationals.“SBU PBL has made a name at both the state and national level,” said Meilani Conley, SBU PBL advisor and instructor of computer and information sciences. “Our PBL officers worked diligently to help each member prepare for competition. Their hard work paid off, and I look forward to seeing them compete at nationals.”

Competing against more than 10 universities, the SBU PBL team captured 19 top-5 wins at the state competition.

SBU PBL individual state results:

Allison Baker (junior, Bolivar) – Project Management (first place), Information Management (second place)

Allison Hawkins (senior, St. Joseph) – Microeconomics (first)

Josh Adams (senior, Dora) – Help Desk (first), Statistical Analysis (second)

Michelle Chen (junior, Lebanon) – Computer Applications (first), Programming Concepts (fourth), Project Management (fourth)

Mikayla Throne (senior, Ozark) – Integrated Marketing Campaign (first), Future Business Executive (second)

Audrey Masters (senior, West Plains) – Contemporary Sports Issues (second), Organizational Behavior and Leadership (third)

Austin Masters (senior, Fair Grove) – Programming Concepts (second), Organizational Behavior and Leadership (fourth)

Marrah Delmont (sophomore, Halfway) – Computer Concepts (second)

Makayla Chen (junior, Lebanon) – Project Management (third), Organizational Behavior and Leadership (eighth), Retail Management (10th)

Nathan Hooper (sophomore, Bolivar) – Macroeconomics (fifth)

SBU PBL team results:

Audrey Masters and Austin Masters – Business Ethics (second)

Allison Hawkins, Josh Adams, Nathan Hooper – Web Design (fourth)

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 San Antonio.

Photo: SBU PBL members (front row, left to right) Audrey Masters (Vice President), Allison Baker, Allison Hawkins (Treasurer) and Michelle Chen. (Back row, left to right) Nathan Hooper, Austin Masters (President), Mikayla Throne, Makayla Chen and Josh Adams.

*Published: 4-17-19