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HCC students place in national Phi Beta Lambda competition

July 8, 2016

In April 2016, seven of Heartland’s Phi Beta Lambda members competed in a state competition that resulted in ten awards and qualified some of them to compete on a national level.

At the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference held June 24-27 in Atlanta, GA, students Ryan Shoemaker and Darin Trout took tenth in the nation for their community service project. The pair organized a blood drive for Heartland Pontiac Center in March which met a specific need in the community.

“A representative from Livingston County contacted me to see if there was a student organization that could assist with a blood drive,” said Director of Heartland Pontiac Center, Linda Tesdal. “I knew our Phi Beta Lambda students would be able to help.”

The purpose of the blood drive was twofold. The local hospital was running low on blood and there was a need to build donation awareness among college-aged students.

With that, Shoemaker and Trout went to work organizing what turned out to be a successful event. The drive resulted in 30 appointments and 25 units of blood.

As an added benefit, the drive took place on the same day as the presidential primary election. This served as an opportunity to remind students who donated blood to go out and vote.

Shoemaker and Trout wrote a 15-page paper describing their project which was judged at the state and national level. Their second place finish at state qualified them for the national competition which resulted in a tenth place finish.

Also at the national conference, Shoemaker and Trout competed in the Annual Business Report and HCC student Orlando Garza teamed up with Trout to compete in Business Law.

Approximately 2,200 students from 20 states participated in the national conference. HCC students Susie Ricketts and Mark Gruhlke also qualified but were unable to attend.

“I am so proud of the work and effort students put into preparing and competing at both the national and state conferences,” said Phi Beta Lambda Advisor, Linda Lambert. “I’m especially proud of their willingness to work and serve their communities.”

About Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Heartland’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda includes 29 members. With the support of business partners within the community, members receive leadership training, attend conferences, compete in events, network with business professionals and take part in field trips.

Those interested in becoming a member or businesses looking to talk to students about networking, interviewing skills and other professional topics can contact Linda Lambert,
Pictured left to right: Darin Trout; Ryan Shoemaker; Orlando Garza

Written by: Becky Gropp