By REBECCA HANEY, PBL Sponsor
This proved to be another successful year for students who are enrolled in the Isothermal chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). After the yearly State Leadership Conference in Charlotte, in April of this year, several PBL students earned their way to the national competition in Baltimore, MD.
A total of 14 students competed in Charlotte earlier this year (see list below). Of those 14 students, 13 had top 10 finishes, 5 qualified for nationals and 4 competed in nationals. We would like to congratulate all students who competed at the state and national levels. These students go above and beyond every year to shine for Isothermal. Not only do they host a multitude of fundraisers to pay for much of their own travel, but they also serve their community by participating in various community service projects.
Additionally, we would like to offer special recognition to the 4 students who competed in Baltimore, MD. They all took home a top 10-win. Bonnie Langford-Powell placed 7th in the nation in Administrative Technology; Justin Haney placed 5th in Justice Administration; Tylor Dayberry and Melody Couch placed 10th in Business Ethics (team event).
Test categories range from written tests and oral presentations to role play scenarios. Judges presiding over competitive events come from all walks of life. One judge who served on the panel in which I was the event administrator for, works full-time with the Justice Department in Washington D.C. Other professions of these judges include a State Supreme Court Judge; Board of Trustee members and professors from various colleges (2- and 4-year); executives from Amazon, Coke, Men's Warehouse, and various non-profit organizations; small business owners; executives from local banks, credit unions, and accounting firms. All competitive event categories are also sponsored by various organization such as Hilton Hotels, Well-Fargo Bank, The Cash Store, Hyatt, and Office Depot to name a few. Cash prizes can be as high as $1200 for 1st place wins.
During the National Leadership Conference, students also participate in workshops that include topics such as critical thinking skills, appropriate office communication, resumes and job interviewing. Not only do students utilize this time to boost their skill-set, but they also take advantage of networking sessions afforded to them by conference organizers.
Finally, students also get time to take in some of the local flavor of the locations that we visit, which often includes sightseeing to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the area. This year we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon visiting the grave site of the late Edgar Allen Poe. While in Anaheim last year, members were given special pricing for a half-day access to Disney Land. Hopefully, when, we make it to San Antonio, TX in 2019, we will get to visit the Alamo!