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Seminole State College of Florida scores big at national business competition

Seminole State College

Seminole State's Phi Beta Lambda students pose with their awards at the PBL National Leadership Conference held June 24-27 in San Antonio.

Seminole State College of Florida's Phi Beta Lambda chapter earned high honors and recognition at the PBL National Leadership Conference, held June 24-27 in San Antonio.

Seminole State students won nine awards at the conference - including four first-place trophies - in individual and team events.

The competition winners were:

  • Charles Bilyue, first place, statistical analysis
  • Ryan Browne, first place, information management; and first place, management concepts
  • Greg Nearhoof, first place, contemporary sports issues
  • Julie McLean, fourth place, business law
  • Stephanie Black, Marco Hoilett and Tiffany Squires, fourth place, business ethics
  • Vincent Danisi, sixth place, cyber security; and sixth place, computer game and simulation programming
  • Cameron Lott and Amy Rice, ninth place, desktop publishing

The conference, which drew nearly 1000 participants from two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide, tested students' problem-solving abilities, presentation skills, business and technical knowledge, and design sense.

Thirteen students were selected to represent Seminole State at the national conference, having qualified by placing in the top 3 in any category at the state competition in March. Three participants - Bilyue, Nearhoof and Browne - also attended last year's national conference.

In addition, Seminole State PBL president Lucdwin Luck presented two workshops, both of which attracted large audiences.

Besides competing in events and attending lectures and workshops, participants had the opportunity to visit historical locations around San Antonio such as the Alamo, the famed site of a critical 1836 battle during the Texas Revolution.

Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the largest business student organization in the world. Through PBL, students develop the leadership, communication and team-building skills needed for successful careers in business.