Eastern PBL students earn state awards, plan to compete at national conference


Picture are (front row, left to right) Jeanette Gonzalez, Jenna Mabry, Karlie Linn-Snow, (back row, left to right) Dustin Welch, Aaron Boggs, Logan Rea and Bryce Livingston.
WILBURTON, OK (May 14, 2014) – Members of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Phi Beta Lamda (PBL) student organization recently won several awards at the annual PBL State Leadership Conference in Stillwater.

More than 200 students from colleges and universities throughout the state participated in the competition and attended workshops at the conference. Eastern students participating include Jeanette Gonzalez, Jenna Mabry, Bryce Livingston and Courtney Duggan of Wilburton; Aaron Boggs of McAlester; Logan Rea of Sallisaw; Dustin Welch of McCurtain; and Karlie Linn-Snow of Oakdale, Calif.

Eastern received the Silver Chapter Award for their overall involvement in PBL activities; the Going Green Award for promoting recycling and environmental responsibility; the Public Relations Award for publications and media about PBL; and the Make A Difference Award for community service. The students also earned second place honors for their Local Chapter Annual Business Report.

Three students also earned individual awards. Gonzalez earned first place in Telephone Etiquette and second place in Computer Applications; Boggs earned third place in Impromptu Speaking and the Make a Difference Award; and Mabry placed third in Word Processing.

Eastern instructor and PBL advisor Amanda Smith said that because of these accomplishments, the Eastern PBL chapter will have the opportunity to attend and compete at the PBL National Competition June 24-17 in Nashville, Tenn.

Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit educational association of student members dedicated to preparing students for success as leaders in business, government and communities. The group’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members use leadership training, community service, statewide and national competitions, and social events to accomplish this goal.

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