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Williams PBL Wins 41 State Awards


Williams students participating in state Phi Beta Lambda competition. Front row (left to right): Tiffany Pickett, Courtney Sublett, Caitlyn Medley, Lauren Taylor and Laure Beltzer. Middle row: Elizabeth Fehr, Mark Yawson, Brad Harris and Danny Adams. Back row: Patrick Corder, Matthew Mitchell, Lauren Doty, Justin Daubert, Jeremiah Nance and Chris Waldrop.

Williams Baptist College business students made quite a haul over the weekend at state Phi Beta Lambda competition. The Williams group received 41 certificates, second most of any college taking part in the event, and 16 WBC students qualified for national PBL competition this summer.

The state competition was held April 14-16 in Little Rock.

WBC students taking first place honors in national qualifying categories were: Justin Daubert, Jeremiah Nance and Courtney Sublett (Business Decision Making-Team Event); Mari Pinedo, Tiffany Pickett and Elizabeth Fehr (Business Ethics-Team Event); Justin Daubert and Courtney Sublett (Human Resource Management-Team Event); Lauren Taylor and Brad Harris (Marketing Analysis & Decision Making-Team Event); Mark Yawson, Danny Adams and Chris Waldrop (Network Design-Team Event); Justin Hawkins (Contemporary Sports Issues); Kevin Ray (International Business); Mark Yawson (Macroeconomics); Matthew Mitchell (Networking Concepts) and Matthew Schweri (Sports Management & Marketing).

Second place awards went to: Mari Pinedo, Tiffany Pickett and Lauren Taylor (Emerging Business Issues-Team Event); Chris Waldrop (Business Communications); Danny Adams (Database Design & Decision Making); Brad Harris (Sales Presentation) and Tricia Driver (Strategic Analysis & Decision Making).

Winning third place were: Justin Hawkins (Sports Management & Marketing) and Matthew Mitchell (Telecommunications).

Fourth place honors went to: Elizabeth Fehr and Laure Beltzer (Hospitality Management).

And taking fifth place awards were: Tricia Driver (International Business) and Kevin Ray (Strategic Analysis & Decision Making).

All first and second place winners advance to national competition, and third place winners in individual competitions also qualify for nationals. The national PBL convention will be held June 23-26 in Orlando, Fla.

Several Williams students also took part in open competitions, which are not national qualifying events. Taking honors in those categories were: Danny Adams (First place: Computer Operating Systems), Patrick Corder (Second place: Business Principles, fourth place: Leadership), Matthew Mitchell (Second place: Computer Operating Systems, third place: Organizational Behavior, fourth place: Strategic Management, fifth place: Leadership), Tiffany Pickett (Third place: Business Etiquette), Justin Daubert (Fourth place: Business Etiquette) and Mark Yawson (Fifth place: Computer Operating Systems).

PBL is the collegiate arm of Future Business Leaders of America. The Williams chapter of PBL was recognized at the state meeting for being the fifth largest in Arkansas.

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