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EAC Phi Beta Lambda Association Attends State Conference

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EAC Phi Beta Lambda Association Attends State Conference

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Members of Eastern Arizona College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Association Jessica Wilson, Sara Reidhead, Jacob Pearce, Alease Moore, and Julia Newlin represented EAC at the 38th Annual Arizona Phi Beta Lambda State Conference held in Phoenix earlier this month at Paradise Valley Community College.

Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and is the oldest and largest national organization for students preparing for careers in business leadership. FBLA-PBL prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. PBL reaches over 12,000 students who gain a competitive edge for college and career successes. The program provides a relevant context for learning including practical applications for business skills and knowledge.

During the conference the students competed in various business contests. Reidhead took second in Business Communications and Newlin placed first in Computer Concepts. In the Word Processing contest Moore placed first and Newlin placed third. Wilson took second in Public Speaking.

In the team competition Management Concepts, Moore, Wilson, and Jacob Pearce placed third. The students were competing against others from the U of A, ASU, Devry, Embry Riddle, Central Arizona College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Yavapai College.

Derek Rich and Dana Barnett, chapter advisors, are very proud of their students saying their performance was outstanding considering they were competing against people four years older and attending four-year universities.

“Their success at the conference is partially due to the area high school Career and Technical Education instructors, who do a great job preparing the students for FBLA competitions,” said Barnett. “This preparation carried over to the college level competitions.”

In addition to being successful in their contests, Moore, Newlin, and Wilson campaigned for state officer positions. Newlin was elected state secretary, Moore was elected Southeast Regional Vice President, and Wilson will be appointed to office by the newly elected president from ASU.

The students also had the opportunity to listen to Peter Burns present “Story of a Pure Blood Entrepreneur” and Dr. Marilyn Cristiano present “Ethical Communication.”

“Most importantly,” said Barnett, “We wish to sincerely thank Haralson Tire Company, The Graham Agency, Farm Bureau and Larry Romney, Pollocks Western Outfitters, and Quail Ridge Construction for supporting the group. Without their very generous cash donations, the students would not have been able to attend the conference in Phoenix.”

The National PBL Conference will be held in Atlanta June 21-24. This will be a great opportunity for the EAC members to compete and network with college students from across the nation.