Bluefield College's PBL wins at State Competition.


By Emily Sears | April 12, 2011 | RSS

Bluefield College’s business organization, Phi Beta Lambda, won 36 awards at the state competition in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, April 2.


BC students who attended the conference with the awards.

Virginia’s PBL holds a state leadership conference every year at which colleges from across the state compete. Thirteen colleges competed this year, including Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Longwood University, and Virginia Union University.


Students and their schools have two options when competing. Students can take examinations two weeks before the conference at their school, or that can compete in front of a panel of judges at the conference. Bluefield College entered multiple students in both categories.


Each student was allowed to compete in two events at PBL, and most students from BC did.


“It was neat to watch everybody use their gifts to compete and succeed against the other colleges that were there,” said Evan Sherman, a senior from Dillsburg, Penn.


Part of the success was due to a dedicated president, Brittany Garton, who spent multiple all-nighters preparing the paperwork necessary for BC’s chapter of PBL to be eligible to compete at the state competition.


Garton, a senior from Gordonsville, Va., also created a community service presentation about BC’s contribution to a charity in Romania, in which BC’s PBL chapter helped write a grant that was awarded to Project Ruth, a non-profit organization in Romania that serves gypsy children and enables them to go to school. The grant contributed multiple toothbrushes and medications to the Romanian children.


“PBL has been more of a leadership experience than I ever could have imagined,” said Garton. “It was amazing to see how the education that we are receiving here at Bluefield College compares to and exceeds other schools in the state. Professors Shoemaker and Snodgrass push us so hard every day but it was all worth it to make them and Bluefield College proud at state competition.”


Bluefield College’s winners were:

Accounting Analysis & Decision Making—Jacob Johnson, 1st place

Business Communication—Brittany Garton, 1st place

Business Ethics—Martell Powell and Emily Sears, 1st place

Business Law—Jacob Johnson, 3rd place

Client Service—Emily Sears, 1st place

Computer Concepts—Jordan Johnson, 3rd place

Contemporary Sports Issues—Borgia M’Bala, 2nd place and Edric Folden, 3rd place

Desktop Publishing—Cary Carpenter and Lydia Freeman, 2nd place

Economic Analysis & Decision Making—Joe Johnson, 1st place and Jacob Woodrum, 2nd place

Financial Analysis & Decision Making—Jacob Woodrum, 1st place

Financial Concepts—Sheena Neal, 2nd place and Andrew Dickerson, 3rd place

Future Business Executive—Evan Sherman, 1st place

Information Management—Brian Weikle, 1st place

International Business—Brittany Garton, 3rd place

Job Interview—Aaron Parkin, 2nd place

Justice Administration—Borgia M’Bala, 2nd place

Macroeconomics—Cary Carpenter, 3rd place

Management Analysis & Decision Making—Martell Powell, 2nd place

Management Concepts—Andrew Dickerson, 1st place and Erica Coleman, 3rd place

Marketing Analysis & Decision Making—Ben Shumate, 1st place

Marketing Concepts—Andrew Weaver, 1st place

Project Management—Brian Weikle, 2nd place

Sales Presentation—Andrew McKinney, 2nd place

Small Business Management Plan—Evan Sherman, 1st place

Strategic Analysis & Decision Making—Joe Johnson, 1st place and Andrew Weaver, 2nd place


Bluefield College also won first place in the Community Service Project category, second place in Largest Local Chapter Membership, and third place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report.


“PBL this year at the state conference really excelled, bringing home 36 awards, second only to VCU,” said Kayla Meyers, a PBL advisor and former member. “With a majority of the students qualifying for nationals in Orlando, this is a great stride and possibly the highest number of awards PBL has won thus far.”