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Two Delta State students place first during National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference

CLEVELAND, Miss.— Delta State University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Chapter has added another set of names to its national champions record.

Jasmine Evans

Jasmine Evans, a psychology major from Greenville, Miss., and Synethia Mathews, a Computer Information Systems & Marketing dual major from West Point, Miss., recently placed first in the “Emerging Business Issues” competition during PBL’s National Leadership Conference.

In addition, Delta State’s Alexis Rover (Elementary Education) placed second in the “Business Presentation” and seventh in the “Job Interview” events; Zac Bozeman (Master of Business Administration) placed fifth in the “Retail Management” and ninth in the “Justice Administration events; and Evans also placed seventh in the “Sales Presentation” event.

“I can never say enough about our PBL students’ dedication and commitment to representing Delta State with excellence. I’m so proud to be connected to a group of students who not only excel in competitions on a state level but are also recognized on a national level amongst thousands of other college students,” said Dr. Tomeka Harbin, DSU’s PBL adviser, and chair and associate professor of management in the College of Business and Aviation.

The annual PBL National Leadership Conference connects middle school, high school and collegiate level students through competitive events, leadership sessions and networking.  This year’s conference, held virtually from the headquarters in Reston, Va., spanned June 24-27 and June 29-July 2.

Synethia Mathews

The competitions took place via Zoom, objective testing and video submissions. Evans and Mathews competed by way of a Zoom presentation.

“The experience this year was different because we weren’t face-to-face. We also weren’t able to prepare face-to-face so that came with minor challenges, but we overcame those challenges by putting our thoughts and ideas together and through the use of technology,” shared Evans.

The duo was thrilled to learn they’d snagged the top spot.

“When Jasmine and I finished our live presentation for Emerging Business Issues, I was confident that we would at least be in the Top 5 this year. I was thrilled when I saw we won first place; our hard work paid off!” said Mathews.

“I was ecstatic and grateful when we were named winners because I knew all of the hard work and dedication we’d devoted to ensuring that our presentation was great,” added Evans.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) student business organization with more than 230,000 members and advisers in 12,000 middle schools, high schools and colleges worldwide.

FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

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