This year Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) had the privilege of seven students competing in the National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference. These students placed in the top three in state competitions and were eligible to compete at the national level. The conference took place June 23-28 held in the Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.
The students competed in areas including: public speaking, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, management, statistics, sports management, and computer networking. In addition to their competitive events, they were able to attend workshops and network with other business students and business leaders from around the country.
The top 10 in each competition were recognized on the stage at the awards celebration. First, second and third place in all categories received a cash prize. The team of Josh Wheeler and Kongmeng Xiong placed third in the network design competition. Clarissa Davis advanced to the final round in impromptu speaking. Brandi Black, outgoing NEO president and incoming president for the chapter that encompasses the entire state of Oklahoma, was recognized at the conference for her service to the Regional Action Council.
“I am so proud of these students, said Phi Beta Lambda sponsor, Pat Creech. “They have worked really hard all year to make our organization one of the top student organizations on campus. To compete at this level is an honor. To achieve a third place finish is truly an accomplishment.”
The students who attended are listed below:
Brandi Black, Grove, Okla.
Clarissa Davis, Afton, Okla.
Kyla Guinn, Claremore, Okla.
Daniel Hocker, Grove, Okla.
Sydney Reynolds, Pullman, Wash.
Josh Wheeler, Commerce, Okla.
Kongmeng Xiong, Fairland, Okla.
From left: Brandi Black, Clarissa Davis, Sydney Reynolds, Kyla Guinn, Kongmeng Xiong, Josh Wheeler, Daniel Hocker and Pat Creech, PBL sponsor