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NEO Phi Beta Lambda Students Qualify for National Convention at State Competition

Miami, Oklahoma – Thursday, May 20, 2021 – The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club attended the virtual California – Oklahoma FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference in April. In addition to nearly a dozen top-ten finishes in business competitions at the annual event, six students qualified to compete at the national convention in June.

Leading the team in competition standings were Sophomore Grayson Lasater from Tulsa, Okla., and Sophomore Bret Lary, from Vinita, Okla. Lasater took second place in Contemporary Sports Issues and Lary took second in Programming Concepts. He also placed fourth in Computer Concepts, earning him qualification to the national competition in both events.

Sophomore Kaylee Brewster, from Fairland, Okla., finished top-three in both Accounting Principles and Personal Finance. She was joined by Freshman Samantha Sanchez, from Grove, Okla., who finished top-three in both Entrepreneurship Concepts and Retail Management.

Rounding out the top-five finishes were Sophomore Kati Smoke, from Afton, Okla., who finished fourth in Retail Management, and Freshman Melissia Fisher from Vinita, who finished fifth in Accounting Principles.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the oldest student business organization in the world. Established to promote business education and leadership, Oklahoma FBLA-PBL hosts a state leadership conference each year. At the conference, students compete in dozens of events, including Marketing Concepts, Public Speaking, and Macroeconomics.

For more information on NEO PBL, contact Hackwell at lhackwell@neo.edu.


State Conference Results:

Accounting Principles

Kaylee Brewster – Third

Melissia Fisher – Fifth


Computer Concepts

Bret Lary – Fourth


Contemporary Sports Issues

Grayson Lasater – Second


Entrepreneurship Concepts

Samantha Sanchez – Third


Personal Finance

Kaylee Brewster – Third


Programming Concepts

Bret Lary – Second


Project Management

Kati Smoke – Sixth


Retail Management

Samantha Sanchez – Third

Kati Smoke – Fourth




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