Phi Beta Lambda students attend National Leadership Conference
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—Members of Eastern Arizona College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club joined counterparts from around the state at the group’s 41st Annual Arizona PBL Conference in mid-April. Other schools in attendance included Embry Riddle, ASU, Central Arizona College and NAU-Paradise Valley Campus.
EAC finished strong in the competition. Jacob Pearce and Alex Duran took first place in Desktop Publishing and Business Presentation; Shelby Kennedy placed first in Telecommunications; Ernesto Llamas placed second in Contemporary Sports Issues; Rachel Young took third place in Information Management and Accounting Analysis and Decision Making; Crystal Parra placed third in Justice Administration; Caroline Perkins placed third in Sports Management and Marketing and International Business; Zach Barnes placed second in Impromptu Speaking and third in Public Speaking and Macroeconomics; Jeff Johnston placed first in Public Speaking; Chris Brown placed first in Database Design and Application and second in Hospitality Management; Clara Hoyle placed first in Word Processing; and Josh Chappell placed first in Impromptu Speaking and second in Cyber Security.
Chapter awards included Best Recruitment and Most Active. Advisors Derek Rich, Michael Fox, and Dana Barnett were pleased with the results. “In some of the contests EAC students were directly competing against ASU and NAU students,” said Barnett. “And performing well! We are all so proud of them.”
In addition to the success in the competitions, three students from EAC PBL were elected to serve as state officers next year. Jacob Pearce will serve as executive vice president; Alex Duran will serve as vice president of communications; and Jordan Borchert will be the new vice president of programs.
EAC PBL students also traveled to Tucson on April 18 and 19, to help judge the FBLA State Competitions. Alex Duran, EAC’s PBL President, judged the interview competitions and said, “This was a great opportunity to be on the other side of the interview process.”
The PBL chapter plans to attend the National Conference in Orlando, Florida at the end of June.