Butler’s Phi Beta Lambda Places in Top 10 at National Conference

Published June 30, 2016 at 02:06 pm Butler Students with their awards at the 2016 PBL Nationals

After earning many achievements at the 65th Kansas Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Leadership Conference in March, five of Butler’s PBL students brought home awards from the National PBL Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in late June.

After earning many achievements at the 65th Kansas Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Leadership Conference in March, five of Butler’s PBL students brought home awards from the National PBL Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in late June.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business leadership organization that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and network within the business world. At the state conference, students can choose from 55 events that each encourage business-related education and experience. Students who place in their events at the state competition are qualified to compete in those respective events at the national level.

“Each competitive event is different,” said Butler PBL adviser Janice Akao. “Some involve receiving a case study in which the student has 20 minutes to develop a solution that they then present to a panel of three judges. Others involved preparing reports or computer files that are evaluated. Still others involved taking a 100-question objective test in 60 minutes.”

Competing with more than 2,200 college students from around the country at the National Conference, each of Butler’s PBL members placed in their events.

“I am extremely proud of these students,” Akao said. “This is the first year that all of the students from Butler placed at the National Conference.”

Butler students brought home the following national awards, listed by hometown:

Andover:

Zachary Patch, 6th Place in Hospitality Management

El Dorado:
Kaelib Harp, 3rd Place in Human Resource Management

Ulysses:
John Hacker, 8th Place in Administrative Technology

Valley Center:
Kaden Miller, 6th Place in Small Business Management Plan

Windom:
Kasey Zeller, 8th Place in Cost Accounting

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