With competitions taking place all over the country, at kitchen tables and bedroom desks, students were able to participate through Zoom video meetings. Students learned new technologies and stepped outside of their comfort zone to compete. "I am extremely proud of this entire group - they stuck with it and competed even when things were tough,” Dr. Stacie Turnbull, YC PBL Co-Advisor, noted. “Expectations were set, students stepped up, aimed high and they did not disappoint.”
Thirteen YC PBL members placed fourth or higher in their designated competitions, eight students qualified for PBL Nationals. Taylor O’Brien, Diego Korol, Adriana Fajardo, Isaac Barnes, Victoria Miller, Emily Eggar, Caden Morris and Logan Dye are set to compete at PBL Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 24-27.
The accolades continue as junior Diego Korol was named the Nebraska PBL Member of the Year and is now in the running for National PBL Member of the Year. “I feel honored to get this award but I want to give all the credit to our School of Business and PBL,” Korol shared. “I am honored to be part of our Business School. Since my freshman year, our professors have instructed and allowed me to broaden my horizons. It is through PBL that I have been able to build a good network. They have helped me to overcome adversity and have supported me throughout this journey.”
Korol has also been elected as the Nebraska State PBL Vice-President of Membership for 2020-21. Also, incoming student Josh Santiago, was elected to serve as the Nebraska State PBL Vice-President of Communications. Santiago will be transferring from Northeast Community College to YC this fall.
Taylor O'Brien, current York College PBL President, was named York College’s Who’s Who, an award recognizing a member of each chapter for the high level of leadership she has shown this year with her local chapter.
“I’m just so humbled and thankful to be recognized,” said O’Brien. “I give all the credit to the best sponsors, for guiding the way; the incredible officer team, who had big ideas and pursued them; and a great chapter, that jumped in and went along for the ride. The whole experience was a good reminder that community is really in the people, not the place. I am so thankful for all our members and the passion and commitment they have given this club.”
In addition to competitive events, the York College PBL chapter was noted for excellence throughout the year and was recognized as the chapter with most points for a four-year college. Points are awarded for business and social activities held throughout the year, student membership, community service, business engagement, and fundraising. York College PBL is the largest PBL chapter in the state of Nebraska, based on membership.
Nebraska State PBL Competition Results:
Accounting Principles - Kitra Cody, 4th
Business Presentation - Taylor O'Brien, 2nd *
Business Sustainability - Diego Korol, 2nd *
Client Services - Kitra Cody, 3rd
Emerging Businesses Issues - Caden Morris, 3rd
Financial Services - Abbey Draper and Adriana Fajardo, 3rd
Forensic Accounting - Adriana Fajardo, Diego Korol and Isaac Barnes, 2nd *
Human Resource Management - Moriah Toledo, 3rd
Impromptu Speaking - Victoria Miller, 2nd *
Impromptu Speaking - Emily Eggar, 1st *
Information Management - Caden Morris, 2nd *
Job Interview - Logan Dye, 4th
Management Concepts - Kitra Cody, 4th
Project Management - Logan Dye, 3rd *
Sales Presentation - Giovani Froldi, 4th
Sales Presentation - Ella Montoya, 3rd
Contemporary Sports Issues - Alex Hinrichs, 6th
Sports Management and Marketing - Alex Hinrichs, 7th
Entrepreneurship Concepts - Caden Morris, 6th
Marketing Concepts - Ella Montoya, 8th
* denotes PBL National qualifiers
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