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Bluefield College Business Students Earn State Title

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va.- Students from Bluefield College have earned the state title at the PBL competition for their business plans, interviews and other projects.
 
Students from Bluefield College's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a national student business organization, recently competed in the PBL State Leadership Conference in Richmond, Virginia, and brought home a state title with more awards than any other college PBL team participating in the statewide academic competition.
 
The 13 Bluefield College scholars earned 23 awards overall, competing against students from eight other Virginia colleges, including George Mason University, Longwood University, the University of Virginia at Wise and Emory and Henry College, among others.
 
The BC students developed business plans, designed service projects, offered presentations, participated in interviews, completed tests, and took part in other competitive activities en route to 12 first place awards, seven second place prizes, and four third place honors.
 
The 23 total awards for Bluefield College this spring marks the eighth time in nine years since the creation of the school's PBL chapter in 2005 that BC students have collected either the most or second most number of awards in state competition.
 
Winners of first place awards in 2013 and their respective competition included: Donovan Buterakos (2) of Bluefield, Virginia, for "Financial Concepts" and "Macroeconomics;" Cary Carpenter of Roanoke, Virginia, for "Management Analysis and Decision Making;" Tyler Giles (2) of Roanoke, Virginia for "Computer Concepts" and "Cyber Security;" Jordan Johnson of Chantilly, Virginia, for "Sports Management and Marketing;" Micah Johnson (3) of Tazewell, Virginia, for "Accounting for Professionals," "Statistical Analysis" and the "Mary B. McGinty Memorial Scholarship;" Samantha Magyar of Bland, Virginia, for "Telecommunications;" and Matthew Moore of Max Meadows, Virginia, for "Contemporary Sports Issues." The Bluefield team as a whole earned an additional first place award for a PBL Read-Aloud community service project at Graham Intermediate School in Bluefield, Virginia.
 
Winners of second place awards and their respective competition included: Dawnn Fletcher of Locust Grove, Virginia, for "Justice Administration;" Jordan Owens (2) of Weber City, Virginia, for "Business Law" and "Computer Concepts;" Kenssy Quezada (2) of New York, New York, for "Future Business Executive" and "Sports Management and Marketing;" and Lucas Shortridge of Keen Mountain, Virginia, for "Marketing Concepts." The BC team as a whole won second place for its year-round work with Project ASK, the Virginia PBL state service project.
 
Winners of third place awards and their respective competition included:
Cary Carpenter of Roanoke, Virginia, for "Job Interview;" Jordan Johnson of Chantilly, Virginia, for "Contemporary Sports Issues;" and Matthew Moore of Max Meadows, Virginia, for "Management Concepts." The BC chapter as a whole earned an additional third place award for being the third largest chapter in Virginia.
 
Other accolades for the Bluefield PBL team included a State Advisor of the Year award for Professor Dee Shoemaker and a Five-year Service Award for Professor Harry Snodgrass. In addition, Carpenter, president of the BC chapter, was recognized for her service as the state secretary/treasurer for 2012-2013, and the entire team was recognized as a bronze member of the Virginia FBLA-PBL Foundation. 
 
For their success at the state level, 11 of the Bluefield College students qualified for the PBL National Leadership Competition in Anaheim, California, in June. In addition to competing in Richmond, the BC PBL team toured the Federal Reserve Bank and attended a presentation by a federal ambassador on "The Functions of the Fed."
 
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