The Murray State College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter attended the Oklahoma Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda State Conference. Five students competed against PBL chapters and students from across the state.
In all, 24 awards were presented to the MSC chapter at the event.
The chapter will advance to the June FBLA-PBL National Conference in Anaheim, Calif., nationals after placing first in the following e vents:
■ Business Law — Cathy Conway
■ Cyber Security — Cathy Conway
■ Small Business Management Plan — Michelle Sexton and Laura Speck
■ Community Service Project — Murray State College (presented by Susan Reese).
At the state conference, the chapter also received first place in Make A Difference Community Service, Penny Wars (money collected for March of Dimes) and Chapter Annual Business Report and received second place in Public Relations.
Chapter awards received were Silver Chapter, Go Green, Public Relations, Ultimate Turkey and Membership Madness.
In individual competitions, Conway, Lone Grove, received first place in PBL Fac ts and Healthcare Administration and second place in Make a Difference Community Service, International Customs and Grammar. She also received the Career Membership Achievement Program - Executive Level and Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda (chapter level) awards.
Conway is the PBL chapter president. She will graduate from Murray State College in May with an Associates of Science in Computer Science. She also made a trip to nationals last year.
"This year I wanted to be able to devote more time preparing and completing projects that could result in more chapter awards than for me individually," says Conway. "We had so much help from other members and students, faculty, and community members completing service projects who wouldn't be with us at the State Leadership Conference. I felt that as chapter president, it was more important for me to get recognition for these people and projects, and our chapter, rather than recognition or awards for me as an individual." Miranda Bowman placed first in Make a Difference Community Service and third place in PBL Facts and Client Service. She also received the Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda (state level) Award.
Reese is originally from Dekalb, Texas, but now calls Tishomingo home. She is a Business Management major who will also graduate in May. She will present the community service project, the Jane Bullard Memorial Food Drive that she helped organize.
"Community service is important to me because I was raised to have compassion for people in need," Reese said.
Both Conway and Reese say they are excited to represent the college, and their fellow PBL members at the national conference.
"I feel a little nervous about Nationals," says Reese. "But I will do my best to represent MSC in a positive way. I have learned so much here at Murray State and being in the PBL club has made me have a great feeling of accomplishment."