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Seminole State shines at PBL state conference

Participants pose with their certificates at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.

Seminole State College of Florida's Phi Beta Lambda chapter placed in the top five in 19 of 27 competitions at the 62nd annual PBL State Leadership Conference. This includes five first-place finishes and six each for second and third place.

A total of 28 Seminole State students visited Tampa March 15-18 to participate in the conference, which drew participants from 27 colleges around Florida. Activities included a variety of competitions designed to test students’ problem-solving abilities, presentation skills, business and technical knowledge, and design sense.

Many participants who finished in the top three of a category also qualified to represent Seminole State at the national convention, which takes place June 24-27 in San Antonio.

The winners are:

First place

  • Stephanie Black, Marco Hoilette and Tiffany Squires: Business Ethics
  • Ratna Okhai: Computer Applications
  • Greg Nearhoof: Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Ryan Browne: Information Management
  • Ryan Browne: Management Concepts

Second place

  • Julie McClean: Business Law
  • Vincent Danisi: Computer Game & Simulation Programming
  • Vincent Danisi: Database Design
  • Chris Inabnett, Amy Rice: Desktop Publishing
  • Charles Bilyue: Statistical Analysis
  • Milos Bejda and Cameron Krane: Website Design

Third place

  • Julie McClean: Client Service
  • Vincent Danisi: Cyber Security
  • Milos Bejda: Database Design
  • Brian Daughtery and Mary Morrell: Emerging Business Issues
  • Lucdwin Luck: Impromptu Speaking
  • Charles Bilyue: Public Speaking

Fourth place

  • Ida Santiago: Job Interview
  • Joshua Pascal-Black: Microeconomics
  • Ratna Okhai: Word Processing

Among the Seminole State faculty and staff who helped to recruit and prepare the students for the conference were Dr. Jordan Camenker, Dr. Anne Matthew, Natalie Walker and Tom Walker.

Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Through PBL, students develop the leadership, communication and team-building skills needed for successful careers in business.

At Seminole State, students can participate in more than 50 clubs and organizations. For more information, please visit the Student Life home page.

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