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Several Isothermal students brought home top awards from the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charlotte recently. Pictured are chapter adviser Rebecca Haney (left to right), Melody Couch, Summer Woody, Tena Green, Dolores Balderstone, Rachel

Several Isothermal students brought home top awards from the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charlotte recently.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national college organization for business students. Seven Isothermal students -- Dolores Balderstone, Melody Couch, Meghan Nevil, Summer Woody, Stephanie Orasing, Rachel Mercantini and Tena Green -- participated in and competed at its 62nd annual state conference in April.

The students placed in the following categories:

1st Place: Dolores Balderstone - Business Communication

2nd Place: Melody Couch - Help Desk; Meghan Nevil - Job Interview

3rd Place: Meghan Nevil - Administrative Technology

4th Place: Dolores Balderstone - Macroeconomics; Melody Couch - Client Services; Summer Woody - Administrative Technology

5th Place: Stephanie Orasing - Personal Finance & Retail Management

6th Place: Rachel Mercantini - Macroeconomics; Summer Woody - Client Services

7th Place: Tena Green - Personal Finance & Retail Management

8th Place: Rachel Mercantini - Management Concepts

Balderstone, Couch and Nevil qualified to compete at the national level at the PBL National Convention in Atlanta in June.

The delegation was accompanied by Omega Theta chapter adviser, Rebecca Haney.

"All of the fundraising that PBL does throughout the year goes to support student involvement in this competition and the upcoming national one in June, so a very big thank you to each and every person who helps in our fundraising efforts," said Haney. "We really could not do this without your assistance."

More than 250 students, advisors and professional division members representing 26 chapters participated in the conference and academic competition representing community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, some from the North Carolina University System.

Along with conference sessions, business-related workshops and election of state officers, the majority of the conference centers on the academic competitions, which cover more than 50 business areas.

For more information on PBL, contact Haney at 828-395-1305 or rhaney@isothermal.edu

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