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Williams PBL Achieves Gold Chapter Status, Dazzles at State


After a weekend at the state Phi Beta Lambda competition in Little Rock, the Williams Baptist College PBL chapter has achieved Gold Chapter status and brought home a host of other awards.  Williams earned a total of 38 certificates and placed in 26 events at the annual PBL competition, held April 12-13.

PBL is the collegiate extension of the Future Business Leaders of America.

In order to become a Gold Chapter, PBL units must meet certain criteria.  WBC’s PBL participated in more events at the state competition, interacted with local FBLA chapters and business professionals, completed community service projects and raised money for charity to realize gold status for the first time.

“This year’s state PBL competition was truly a team effort,” said Summer Deprow, Williams business department chair and PBL sponsor.  “Students coached and encouraged each other and our PBL officers lead the organization to Gold Chapter status while securing national qualifications.”

The Williams PBL chapter also received overall honors of: second in Multimedia Presentation; fourth in Local Chapter Annual Report; fourth in Largest Increase in Membership and fourth in Largest Local Chapter Membership (Collegiate).

Furthermore, 25 WBC students qualified for the national PBL competition and 4 more are alternates.  The summer’s national PBL conference will be held in Anaheim, Cal.

“Twelve first place trophies and 38 awards is a great year,” added Deprow.  “Now we will focus on preparing those who qualified for the national competition.”

Williams students taking first place honors in national qualifying categories were: Ryan Bauschlicher, Morgan Hatcher and Matthew Schweri (Business Ethics); Meagan Goza, Hannah Hodges and Erin Strong (Business Presentation); Hannah Hodges, Dontavius Ingram and Andrei Leal (Community Service); Ryan Bauschlicher, Ethan Clark and Leo Li (Financial Analysis and Decision Making); Matt Crews, Hugo Frutos and Curtis Jackson (Human Resource Management); Morgan Hatcher, Zabian Sanders and Matthew Schweri (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making); Megan Weick (Client Services); Clint Stout (Database Management); Jeff Morris (Impromptu Speaking); Khalil DeLima (International Business) and Kevin Hennings (Retail Management).

Winning second place honors were: Lucas Braga (Financial Analysis and Decision Making); Ethan Clark and Hugo Frutos (Financial Services); Rebecca Schuttger and Clint Stout (Network Design); Mitchell Dennis (Contemporary Sports Issues) and Stacee Hargett (Public Speaking).

Third place winners were: Kevin Hennings and Hannah Morgan (Emerging Business Issues); Laure Beltzer and Jessica Rathbun (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making); Jeff Manuel (Database Management); Edwin Irungu (International Business); Rebecca Schuttger (Network Concepts) and Megan Weick (Statistics).

Laure Beltzer came in fourth place in International Business.

Taking fifth place were: Jessica Rathbun and Zabian Sanders (Human Resource Management); Mitchell Dennis (Business Law); Jessica Blevins (Client Services); Matt Crews (Retail Management) and Cogan Ford (Sports Marketing and Management).

Those who won first, second or third place in testing events qualify to take part in national competition, while first and second place in presentation events move on to nationals.

Several WBC students also took part in open competitions, which are not national qualifying events.  Taking honors in those categories were: Rebecca Schuttger (first: Computer Operating Systems; second: Advertising and fifth: Business Principles); Ryan Bauschlicher (fourth: Business Principles); Clint Stout (third: Computer Operating Systems) and Kevin Hennings (fourth: Leadership).

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