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SFSC's Phi Beta Lambda shines at district competition

AVON PARK - Twelve South Florida State College students were among the top winners in events testing their knowledge of accounting, finance and management during the Phi Beta Lambda District IV Leadership Conference and Competition held Saturday at Saint Leo University.

Students representing SFSC included Michael Nyhan, Michael Gergen, Martile Blackman, Kylee Martin, Alex Morris, Deidre Shankle, Clark Zelyk, Austin Mock, Courtney Cloud, Kerry Mushrush, Adrianna Torres and Catherine Steiner.

The competition focused on a wide range of business-related tests, including subjects ranging from economics and business decision-making to public speaking and marketing. SFSC's PBL chapter competed in 22 different event categories of business-related topics and placed in the top five in all 22 events. SFSC had a combined total of 31 top-five finishes, including eight first-place finishes and nine second-place finishes. SFSC nearly swept the category of management concepts by placing in four of the top five positions and earning three of the top-five finishes in macroeconomics.

"The PBL students have worked diligently to study for this competition and raise money to attend," said Adam Martin, PBL adviser. "It is rewarding for them to see their hard work pay off. These achievements represent the exceptional quality of students and instructional faculty we have at SFSC."

The annual conference and competition attracted nearly 100 business students from District IV, the largest district in Florida, and included State College of Florida, Saint Leo University, Pasco-Hernando State College, Edison College and the University of South Florida.

PBL is the post-secondary division of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda organization, the largest business career student organization in the world.

PBL's National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.