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Students place in top ten at PBL National Competition

July 6, 2018

Eight Heartland Community College students posted top-ten finishes in this summer's Phi Beta Lambda national business competition.  

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a national student organization that prepares members for careers in business. Members of PBL can compete in a variety of categories at the state and national level.

Students who placed first or second in state competition earlier this spring advanced to represent Heartland at the PBL National competition in Baltimore, MD, June 23-26. Heartland students competed against over 2,000 students representing 44 colleges and universities from throughout the United States.

Eight students returned from Baltimore with top-ten finishes in the competition.

  • James Loftus – 4th Place, Accounting Concepts
  • Spencer Redman and Jeremiah Tyler – 4th Place, Business Law
  • Truong (Jack) Luu & Lauren O’Donnell - 8th Place, Community Service Project
  • Abigail Jackson – 9th Place, Impromptu Speaking
  • Melanie Ziomek – 9th Place, Business Communications

“Heartland has had students place at Nationals four years running, which is every year we have competed,” said Phi Beta Lambda advisor Linda Lambert. “As impressive as the students have been in competition, what we cannot measure is the relationships and connections that are made during this journey. They are a part of something more than attending classes. PBL students have represented the college in a great way.”

The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to provide leadership training and service opportunities to students and is a national business organization that welcomes students in any major.

At PBL conferences, students compete and attend workshops as well as listen to keynote speakers. Through this Leadership Conference and Competition, students apply what they learn in the classroom.

Each month, Heartland’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter invites local business leaders to speak about entrepreneurship, networking, interviewing skills, business success and failures, leadership skills and goal setting. It is this type of partnership and professional support that Phi Beta Lambda provides for their student and professional members.

Written by: Steve Fast