"I am extremely proud of all of our members. A virtual national conference and a tough Covid year were not enough to slow down our students,” said Dr. Stacie Turnbull, chapter advisor. “They worked hard to prepare for state and the national events, competing against the best of the best! In addition, they were actively involved in chapter events throughout the year. I can't wait to see these students continued success and am grateful to be a part of their journey. We are grateful to the many in the York business community who continue to mentor our members."
Logan Dye, a 2021 business administration graduate from Wylie, Texas, and three-time national qualifier, saved her best for last as she came away with first place in Client Services. 2019 national champion Kitra Cody, a junior from Cody, Neb., and Moriah Toledo, a junior from Fruitland, N.M., won first in Human Resource Management. Cody was also a national runner-up at this year’s competition along with teammate Josh Santiago, a junior from Norfolk, Neb., in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making. Santiago and Diego Korol, another 2019 national champion, teamed up for a second place finish in Forensic Analysis.
Korol, who graduated in May with dual degrees in accounting and business administration, is from Santiago, Chile, and will be pursuing his masters at York College while serving as a graduate assistant with the men’s soccer program. He attributed the chapter’s achievements to the YC business faculty that he tagged with this comment posted on York’s PBL Facebook page: “The success of our chapter wouldn't be possible without the education we've received in each of your classes. You are all amazing educators that have made an impact not only in the lives of our PBL members, but also every student of the Levitt School of Business.”
Santiago also had high praise for those who helped in a difficult year.
“It was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel throughout the school year, and it was especially hard on us students with the constantly changing learning environment we endured due to Covid,” said Santiago. “Our strong PBL advisor and professors at YC never left our side. They challenged us to stay focused and come out on top, and that is exactly what we did.”
Being a Nebraska high school graduate, and the 2021-22 president elect of Nebraska PBL, Santiago took the success of both his state and team personally.
“Nebraska had the most Top 10 finishes amongst all states,” he said. “It doesn’t matter that some call us a ‘flyover state’. It doesn’t matter that other students tell us our network is smaller because we live in Nebraska. What does matter — is that we never gave up and we gave it our all. I will miss our seniors greatly!”
Dye, who served this year as the chapter president said, “Joining PBL has been life changing for me. I am honored to have been a part of this club for the past few years and I am super excited to see what’s next for YC PBL. The advisor and business professors are amazing, the members are now lifelong friends, and competing has been a blast! I highly encourage everyone, no matter what your major or possible career path is, to join PBL.”
National PBL Leadership Conference Results:
Client Services – Logan Dye, 1st
Human Resource Management – Kitra Cody & Moriah Toledo, 1st
Forensic Analysis – Diego Korol & Josh Santiago, 2nd
Accounting Analysis and Decision Making – Kitra Cody & Josh Santiago, 2nd
Small Business Management Plan – Felipe Venegas & Diego Korol, 3rd
Accounting Analysis and Decision Making – Adriana Fajardo & Ella Montoya, 4th
Community Service Project – Isaac Barnes & Ella Montoya, 4th
Business Communications – Timberly Carr, 5th
Global Analysis and Decision Making – Moriah Toledo, 5th
Client Services – Caden Morris, 6th
Business Ethics – Chris Martens, 6th
Integrated Marketing Campaign – Isaac Barnes & Victoria Miller, 6th
Business Presentation – Timberly Carr & Allison Myers, 7th
Local Chapter Annual Business Report – Allison Myers & Moriah Toledo, 9th
Cost Accounting – Adriana Fajardo, 10th
Local Chapter Annual Business Report - Taylor O'Brien, 10th
Diego Korol – Nebraska Who’s Who
Maria Geesaman competed in Sports Management
Students interested in PBL and the opportunities available to them can contact chapter advisor, Dr. Stacie Turnbull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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