WSU Students Place in Top Spots at Future Business Leaders CompetitionJuly 10, 2014 OGDEN, Utah – A Weber State University student earned first place in the nation in the category of Future Business Educator at the recent Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) leadership conference.
More than 1,800 students competed in a variety of categories at the annual event held this year in Nashville, Tennessee, June 24-27. In addition to the first-place finish, several other WSU students placed in the top 10 in their categories.
Lynda Seneff, a business education composite teaching major from Clinton, Utah, took first place in the Future Business Educator event. Patrick Beck, an electrical engineering major from Kaysville, Utah, and Calee Christensen, a computer science major from Roy, Utah, took second place in the Network Design event. Beck also took second place in the Cyber Security event.
“I am thrilled to have won first place at nationals in Future Business Educator because it is something I have worked hard at in all my business and education classes here at WSU,” Seneff said. “As a future educator, I think it is important to participate in competition outside the classroom. It is motivating and has increased my teaching skills. The challenge gave me confidence in my chosen field and will help me to encourage my own students to participate in professional organizations and competitions.”
FBLA-PBL is the largest and oldest student business organization in the country. It is designed to sharpen students’ core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business-related competitive events. Beside the competitive events, the conference offered educational workshops and motivational speakers.
The following students received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27 in the following competitive events:
|Lynda Seneff||1st Place||Future Business Educator|
|Patrick Beck||2nd Place||Network Design|
|Calee Christensen||2nd Place||Network Design|
|Patrick Beck||2nd Place||Cyber Security|
|Karleigh Austill||4th Place||Parliamentary Procedure|
|Alex Cragun||4th Place||Parliamentary Procedure|
|Stephanie Faldowski||4th Place||Parliamentary Procedure|
|Meagan Johnson||4th Place||Parliamentary Procedure|
|Aena Lee||4th Place||Parliamentary Procedure|
|Jennifer Lee||5th Place||Future Business Educator|
|Calee Christensen||6th Place||Networking Concepts|
For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.
“Our chapter always has students who place in the top 10 in their areas of competition,” said Angela Christensen, WSU collegiate PBL advisor. “When students succeed in the FBLA-PBL competition, it validates the education in various departments. When they are on stage in front of 1,800 of their peers — peers that represent the top winners from schools all over the country — they know that their education at Weber State is excellent.”
The FBLA-PBL chapter is housed in the Department of Network Technology and Business Multimedia. Travel support for the conference is provided by the College of Applied Science & Technology, the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics and the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities.
For more information about FBLA-PBL, visit fbla-pbl.org.
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