GNTC Students Place At Phi Beta Lambda State Conference And Move On To National Competition

Friday, April 19, 2013

Georgia Northwestern Technical College students took home honors in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) state competition.  The competition was held in conjunction with the 2013 Georgia PBL State Leadership Conference at The Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter in Atlanta, April 12-14. 

Phi Beta Lambda, a division of Future Business Leaders of America, hosts annual state and national competitions where students compete in business related leadership events including impromptu speaking, job interviewing, public speaking, and sales presentations.  Other competition areas cover topics consisting of accounting principles for professionals, management, small business management, contemporary sports, sports management, computer applications, business communication, business ethics, parliamentary procedures, financial services, hospitality management, human resource management, and network design.

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College placing in the competition included:

Floyd County Campus

Norval Henderson - 1st Place - Management Analysis and 4th Place - Impromptu Speaking

Carla Mahan - 2nd Place - Small Business Management Plan and 5th Place - Job Interview

Melissa McLain  - 2nd Place - Business Law and 3rd Place - Project Management

Whitley Norton - 3rd Place - Management Concepts

Jennifer Chapman - 5th  Place - Public Speaking 

Walker County Campus

Andrew Johnson - 1st Place - Contemporary Sports Issues and 5th Place - Impromptu Speaking

Kayla Fowler -   3rd  Place - Accounting Principles and 5th Place - Financial Concepts

Brandon Raines - 3rd  Place - Financial Concepts and 4th  Place - Accounting Principles


Logan Hendricks - 4th Place - Management Concepts and 5th Place - Business Law

Cynthia Mills– 5th Place - Management Concepts 

Whitfield Murray Campus

Marcos Diaz - 1st Place - Project Management

Daniel Groce -  2nd Place - Business Ethics (team) and 2nd Place - Contemporary Sports Issues

Candice Suits - 2nd Place – Business Ethics (team) and 3rd  Place - Sports Management and Marketing

Marcella Hooper – 2nd Place - Parliamentary Procedures (team)

Jairo Lerma - 2nd Place - Parliamentary Procedures (team)

Renee Lockhart - 2nd Place - Parliamentary Procedures (team)

Oscar Reyes - 2nd Place - Parliamentary Procedures (team) 

Christy Bean - 5th Place - Business Presentation

Fourteen GNTC winners will go on to compete in the PBL national competition at the National Conference in Anaheim, Ca, June 20-26. National competitors will include Marcos Diaz, Kayla Fowler, Daniel Groce, Norval Henderson, Marcella Hooper, Andrew Johnson, Jairo Lerma, Renee Lockhart, Carla Mahan, Melissa McLain, Whitley Norton, Brandon Raines, Oscar Reyes, and Candice Suits.     

FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. 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.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: 

  1. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
  2. FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
  3. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
  4. Professional Division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.  

FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Va., and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.


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