PBL District Competition 1-31-15

Front Row (Left to Right): Reymond Tuason, Kerry Mushrush, Kimberly Wasdin, Glenn Powers, Martile Blackman, Kylee Martin, Deidre Shankle, Teresa McGovern, and Hannah Belcher. Second Row: Mike Nyhan, Mario Barajas, Shane Meeks, Catherine Steiner, and Elizabeth Batts.

Fourteen South Florida State College (SFSC) students were among the top winners in events testing their knowledge of accounting, finance, and management during the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) District IV Leadership Conference and Competition held at Pasco-Hernando State College on Jan. 31.

Students representing SFSC included Mario Barajas, Elizabeth Batts, Hannah Belcher, Martile Blackman, Kylee Martin, Teresa McGovern, Shane Meeks, Kerry Mushrush, Mike Nyhan, Glenn Powers, Deidre Shankle, Catherine Steiner, Reymond Tuason, and Kimberly Wasdin.

The competition focused on a wide range of business-related tests, including economics and business decision making, public speaking, and marketing. SFSC’s PBL chapter competed in 22 event categories of business-related topics and had a combined total of forty three top five finishes, including 15 first place finishes and eleven second place finishes. SFSC swept the category of entrepreneurship by placing in all of the top five positions and earning four of the top five finishes in business law and management concepts.

“The PBL students have worked diligently to study for this competition and raise money to attend,” said Adam Martin, PBL advisor. “It is rewarding for them to see their hard work pay off. These achievements represent the exceptional quality of students and instructional faculty we have at SFSC.”

The annual conference and competition attracted over 100 business students from District IV, the largest district in Florida, and included State College of Florida, Saint Leo University, Pasco Hernando State College, Saint Leo University, Hillsborough Community College, and the University of South Florida.

PBL is the post-secondary division of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) organization, which is the largest business career student organization in the world. Through state-based competition at the spring state leadership conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.