Last weekend, the York College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda achieved new heights as they competed in the PBL State Leadership Conference in Kearney.

Students participated in live and online events in order to test their skills and knowledge of the modern business world. The York College PBL Panthers showed their aptitude and readiness for the marketplace by dominating the competition in multiple categories.

The YC results of the conference are as follows:
  • Garrett Ewing and Clayton Eldred – 1st Place, Emerging Business Issues (Qualified for Nationals)
  • Hannah Parker and Cole Satterfield – 2nd Place, Emerging Business Issues (Qualified for Nationals)
  • Conner Towle – 2nd Place, Cost Accounting (Qualified for Nationals)
  • Melissa Strong – 3rd Place, Management Concepts
  • Melissa Strong and Diego Korol – 4th Place, Business Ethics
  • Taylor O’Brien - 4th Place, Sales Presentation
  • Garrett Ewing – 5th Place, Sales Presentation
  • Melissa Strong – 5th Place, Job Interview
  • Hannah Parker – 5th Place, Sports Management and Marketing
  • Robert Ozuna – 6th Place, Small Business Plan

​As well as qualifying for nationals, PBL President Hannah Parker was named member of “Who’s Who” in Nebraska PBL 2017-2018. The “Who’s Who” is an honor given to an individual who has distinguished themselves in their local chapter through extraordinary leadership and service.

​PBL Sponsor Tim Lewis was enthusiastic about this chapter’s performance at the state competition. “I could not be more proud of our students in the way they represented themselves and the York College business department last weekend,” he said. “In only our second year as a reactivated chapter, our kids competed head to head, and won against much larger schools with more experienced participants. They are laying a great foundation for continued success in these competitions and in the overall quality of the business culture we are building here at York. We hope that PBL continues to be a growing club on the York campus.”

This conference involved colleges and universities from all over Nebraska. York College competed against schools such as the Big 3, UNL, UNO, UNK, as well as Nebraska Wesleyan University, Midland University, Doane College, Northeast Community College, McCook Community College, Chadron State College, and Peru State University. 

The National Leadership Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland this coming June. Last summer, Melissa Strong represented York College PBL at the National Leadership Conference in California. She placed fourth in the nation in the Business Plan competition. More about her journey to nationals... 

PBL is a national organization dedicated to growing the future generation of leaders looking at the business or business-related fields. They provide opportunities to help future business leaders to grown in professional and personal skills and involve many unique opportunities, such as business tours, workshops, and more. 

By Rachel Dollen
Student Intern