SRTC Phi Beta Lambda Students Compete and Place at State Competition

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Last weekend Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) students competed and placed in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Georgia State Competition in Atlanta. SRTC was represented by 30 students from each of the College’s three chapters: PBL-Moultrie, PBL-Thomasville, and PBL-Tifton. The participating students brought home a total of 28 competitive awards and numerous chapter honors.

Earning first place honors were presented to: Rose Lindberg, Accounting Principles, PBL-Moultrie; Wendy Light, Client Service, PBL-Tifton; Jerry Hayes, Information Management, PBL-Tifton; James Barnes / Cole Bowling / Ana Fulghum / Keith Shelley, Parliamentary Procedures, PBL-Thomasville; Lisa Steffy, Social Media, PBL-Moultrie; and Shannon Howard, Statistical Analysis, PBL-Tifton.

Second place honorees were: Wendy Light, Administrative Technology, PBL-Tifton; Lisey Miley, Business Communication, PBL-Tifton; Bryan Barfield, Computer Applications, PBL-Tifton; Joyce Clark, Contemporary Sports Issues and Financial Concepts, PBL-Tifton; Ana Fulghum, Future Business Executive, PBL-Thomasville; DeJuan Morrow, Job Interview, PBL-Tifton; Keith Shelley, Management Concepts, PBL-Thomasville; and Rose Lindberg, Personal Finance, PBL-Moultrie.

Third, fourth, and fifth place honors were awarded to: Teresa Kerce / Lisa Steffy, Business Ethics (5th), PBL-Moultrie; Wendy Light / Garrett Newell / Nikki Rains, Community Service Project (3rd), PBL-Tifton; Lakishia Simmons, Help Desk (3rd), PBL-Tifton; Susan Musgrove, Job Interview (3rd), PBL-Moultrie; Sherese Siler, Macroeconomics (3rd), PBL-Tifton; Teresa Crumby, Macroeconomics (4th), PBL-Thomasville; Jerry Hayes, Management Concepts (3rd), PBL-Tifton; Jasmine Howard, Microeconomics (4th), PBL-Tifton; Bryan Barfield, Networking Concepts (4th), PBL-Tifton; Jennifer Bryant, Organizational Behavior and Leadership (4th), PBL-Thomasville; and Cole Bowling, Public Speaking (5th), PBL-Thomasville.

These talented students competed against other college students (from technical colleges and 4-year institutions) from across the state. In June, all first place finishers will again travel to Atlanta for the next level of competition at the PBL National Leadership Conference.

While the individual participants were very successful, each SRTC PBL Chapter was also recognized for several awards. The PBL-Moultrie chapter placed third in Chapter Business Report and 6th in the Battle of the Chapters. PBL-Tifton placed second in Chapter Business Report, third in Community Service, third in FBLA Interaction, third in Battle of the Chapters, and was recognized as Chapter of the Year. PBL-Thomasville placed first in Battle of the Chapters and first in FBLA Interaction.

Additionally, Neil Clements, SRTC Business Management Program Chair and PBL Advisor was bestowed the State Directors Award. The award, given once annually, is presented to those individuals that acknowledge the spirit of servant leadership demonstrated by a Georgia PBL advisor in that he or she has demonstrated a willingness to serve the members, advisors, and Executive Committee of Georgia PBL. The recipient is someone who shows a commitment to helping others and displays an eagerness to assume responsibility when needed.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our students that competed at the State PBL competition. Our competing students brought home 30 competitive awards and numerous chapter awards. Their success gives you a clear indication of the caliber of student we are producing at SRTC. We also want to congratulate Neil Clements on his state-wide Directors Award honor. Neil is strongly committed to his students and PBL, and does not miss an opportunity to promote this wonderful organization,” commented Susan Davis, Dana Lewis, Melody Tawzer, and Ann Young, PBL Advisors for SRTC.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national, nonprofit organization and educational association with a quarter million student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students; FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students; Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.  The mission of PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

PBL hosts these competitive events as part of their National Awards Program, which was established to recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.  Each competitive event, which is categorized as individual, team or chapter, is governed by specific guidelines and judged by a panel of judges who rate competitors with a rating sheet specific to the category.

“I am very proud of all of our students who represented SRTC at the PBL state competition. Each of these students embodied SRTC with the utmost level of professionalism and I am extremely honored to be part of their success. All of us at SRTC wish our students the very best of luck as they head to Nationals this summer. I have no doubt they will continue to be great ambassadors of our College,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SRTC President.

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205 – 3449. 

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