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EKU's Phi Beta Lambda Captures Top Awards at National Academic Competition

EKU PBL students pose with their trophies

America’s best and brightest college students gathered in Anaheim, California, June 24-27 for the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (NLC). The conference drew thousands of future business leaders to compete in academic events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits.

Dalton Stanley and Wendi SmithAmong this group of exceptionally talented and motivated individuals were students from EKU's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. Encouraged by the financial, academic, and moral support of their advisor Dr. Marcel Robles, department chair Dr. Lana Carnes, associate dean Dr. Ed Davis, and college dean Dr. Tom Erekson, the students performed exceptionally well. Fifteen students from EKU attended the conference, and thirteen placed. Individual students brought home a combination of $2,500 in cash awards.

EKU's 2017 National Leadership Conference awardees:

  • Daniel Bevins (Pikeville), Austin Kidd (Pikeville), and Dalton Stanley (Pikeville) - 1st place Business Presentation
  • Dalton Stanley - 1st place Project Management
  • Laura Jackson (Barbourville) - 2nd place Business Law
  • Austin Hodge (Cannon) - 2nd place Retail Management
  • Alex Martin (Richmond) and Wendi Smith (Pikeville) - 4th place Desktop Publishing
  • Savannah Day (Owingsville) - 4th place Statistical Analysis
  • Jessica Casebolt (Pikeville) - 4th place Public Speaking
  • Austin Hodge - 5th place Managerial Concepts
  • Daniel Bevins - 5th place Sales Presentation
  • Weston Robbe (Lexington) - 6th place Cyber Security
  • Hunter West (Berea) - 7th place Networking Concepts
  • Hunter West - 7th place Help Desk
  • Shanoah Shelton (Richmond) and Seth Barron (Eubank) - 7th place Business Ethics

Also participating in competitive events were Sydney Ziebold (Fairfield, Ohio) and Caitlyn Klaas (Union).

According to chapter advisor Robles, "This group of students should be recognized as outstanding leaders and role models that we want as business students and future alums of EKU. Additionally, the faculty who taught them these important concepts should be praised for their success and commitment to teaching and learning. Together, we are making a difference in the lives and careers of these young people." She continued, "These Future Business Leaders bring great recognition to EKU and to our School of Business as they demonstrate their vast knowledge and skills learned in our business classes."

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Top photo caption (left to right): Austin Kidd, Laura Jackson, Daniel Bevins, Savannah Day, Hunter West, Austin Hodge, Alex Martin, Jessica Casebolt, Weston Robbe, Shanoah Shelton, Sydney Ziebold, Seth Barron, Caitlyn Klaas.

Second photo (l-r): Dalton Stanley and Wendi Smith.

Published on June 28, 2017

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