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Williams PBL Heads to Nationals


Members of the Williams Baptist College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda will spend June 22 through June 25 in Anaheim, Cal., for the annual national PBL competition.  Williams PBL members are current WBC students who either major or minor in business.

In April, WBC students earned a total of 38 certificates and placed in 26 events at the state PBL conference.  As a result of their standout state performance, 29 Williams students qualified for nationals, and 19 will make the trip and compete.

Summer DeProw, chair of WBC’s business department, will attend the national conference, along with fellow faculty member and PBL sponsor Heather Parson.  Dr. Steve Corder of the business faculty is also a PBL sponsor.

“The theme for this year’s success is team work.  Heather Parson, the students and our alumni have collaborated to prepare for the coming competition,” DeProw noted.

She added, “The students have shown great maturity in their preparation.  They have rehearsed numerous times, accepted constructive criticism and asked for help.  It’s been great fun for Mrs. Parson, Dr. Steve Corder, and me.”

The contests are divided between individual and team events. Individual students or complete groups may participate in the team events. 

Those participating in individual events are: Matt Crews of Doniphan, Mo., in Retail Management; Mitchell Dennis of Harviell, Mo., in Business Law and Contemporary Sports Issues; Stacee Hargett of Melbourne in Public Speaking; Kevin Hennings of Biggers in Retail Management; Edwin Irungu of Nairobi, Kenya, in International Business; Jeff Manuel of Swifton, in Database Design and Analysis; Jeff Morris of Bono in Impromptu Speaking; Clint Stout of Blytheville in Database Design and Analysis and Megan Weick of Pocahontas in Client Service Design and Analysis.

Team events with Williams competitors are: Business Ethics with Ryan Bauschlicher of Corning, Morgan Hatcher of Marmaduke and Matthew Schweri of Bonnerdale; Business Presentation with Erin Strong of Walnut Ridge; Emerging Business Issues with Hannah Morgan of Smithville and Hennings; Financial Analysis and Decision Making with Bauschlicher, Ethan Clark of Bono and Leo Li of Lin Yang, China; Financial Services with Clark and Hugo Frutos of Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay; Human Resource Mangagement team one with Curtis Jackson of Walnut Ridge, Ark., Crews and Fructos and team two with Zabian Sanders of Memphis, Tenn.; and Market Analysis and Decision Making with Hatcher, Schweri and Sanders.

“No matter what happens at the competition in Anaheim, the students are going prepared, and I have confidence they will do their best,” concluded DeProw.  “That’s a great accomplishment.”

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