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April 2018

ASUN students place at state PBL Conference

Eight Arkansas State University-Newport students earned recognition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference and State Competition held earlier this month in North Little Rock.

Business students Meghan Cantara of Jonesboro and Jessica Rucker of Bono came in first place in the Hospitality Management competition. Rucker also placed first in Desktop Publishing, and Cantara was recognized for Who's Who in Arkansas PBL.

PBL Winners Meghan Cantara and Jessica Rucker
PBL Winners: Meghan Cantara of Jonesboro and Jessica Rucker of Bono

Rucker and Cantara's performance makes them eligible for the national competition held in Baltimore, Md. in June.  

Leydi Sherwood, a business student from Columbia in South America, captured first place in the Microeconomics competition while Kim Groom, a business student from Jonesboro, received second place in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. 

PBL Winner: Leydi Sherwood
PBL Winner: Leydi Sherwood of Columbia in South America 

PBL Winner Kim Groom
PBL Winner: Kim Groom of Jonesboro

Brandi Barksdale, a business student from Jonesboro, won second place in Spreadsheet Applications and third place in Computer Applications.

PBL Winner Brandi Barksdale
PBL Winner: Brandi Barksdale of Jonesboro 

Business student Wesley Wade of Jonesboro placed fourth in Networking Concepts, and hospitality student Rachel Morgan of Jonesboro placed fourth in Human Resource Management. Business student Jenny Tran of Kennett, Mo. placed fifth in Spreadsheet Applications. 

ASU-Newport's faculty advisers were also recognized for their continued service to Phi Beta Lambda. Janna Ellis has served for 20 years. Paula Morgan has completed 10 years of service, and Kristina Taylor has five years of service. 

ASU-Newport received the Gold Chapter Award and placed third for the largest professional division membership in Arkansas.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.