The Phi Beta Lambda club at Missouri Southern State University earned several state honors during the 56th annual State Leadership Conference, held April 11 in Springfield, Mo.

The conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams, with students attempting to qualify for the National Leadership Conference to be held June 24-26 in Chicago, Ill. Each student was allowed to compete in up to two events.

The Missouri Southern chapter of PBL, sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, qualified 15 students for the national conference. In total, the chapter won 24 medals, highlighted by 13 first place awards.

The following students placed during the competition:

State champions

Ashlea Norman and Kyle Prisock – hospitality management category
Steven Babcock – client service
Emily Brewer – computer applications
Cara Gooch – public speaking
Holly Loncarich – international business
Madeline Plet and Aditya Malhotra – management analysis and decision making
Kyle Prisock – organizational behavior and leadership
Emmalee Smith – word processing
Kelly Streeter – contemporary sports issues; sports management and marketing
Dillon Walker – cost accounting; personal fianance

Second place

Emily Brewer – business communication
Neal Davidson – marketing concepts
Stephen Holman – contemporary sports issues; sports management and marketing
Michael Maddock – sales presentation
Matthew Ramsay and Colton Craig – social media campaign
Neal Davidson and Stephen Holman – management analysis and decision making
Kyle Prisock – entrepreneurship concepts

Third place

Cara Gooch and Emmalee Smith – desktop publishing
Colton Craig – sports management and marketing
Kelly Streeter – marketing concepts

Fourth place

Neal Davidson – management concepts
Viktoryia Johnson – human resource management
Michael Maddock – marketing concepts; project management

Fifth place

Steven Babcock – networking concepts
Viktoryia Johnson – job interview
Holly Loncarich – financial concepts
Cheyanne Mandeville – business communication

Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate equivalent of Future Business Leaders of America, is an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. There are more than 11,000 active members in the United States, including 350 members in 20 chapters in Missouri. Faculty sponsors for the Missouri Southern chapter are Stu Dunlop and Megan Douglas.