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May 2012

OPSU Business Students Qualify for National Competition

The seven students from the Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. School of Business who entered a statewide competition never dreamed that they would return to Goodwell with so many honors and that all seven would qualify to compete in the national competition.

While they did not exactly enter the contest on a whim, Stephanie Boaldin, Virginia Baltazar-Pena, Rhonda Harkins, Layne Greeson, Seth Jones, Clint Horton and Shevin Schramm went to the contest to get some experience and discover what they needed to know to compete. Formally known as Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FLBA-PBL), the sponsoring organization is an education association for middle school, junior high, high school and college students preparing for careers in business. It also features a division for its alumni, business people, parents and others who support the FLBA-PBL mission. Students not yet in college are members of FLBA while college students join PBL. The OPSU students competed in Tulsa at the PBL State Leadership Conference against other students from eight other colleges including Oklahoma State and OU.

OPSU Business instructors Sara Hitch and Davin Winger decided to re-start the OPSU Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda which had been inactive for several years. They found students interested in joining and the OPSU group decided to enter the contest for the first time in the school's history. Hitch said, "The students did not prepare especially for this contest. They used knowledge gained through coursework or through working experience. Their success in Tulsa not only validates their education, but it also provides validation for their instructors."

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