**For Immediate Release** Takin' Care of Business By Laura Nelson on 04/10/2013 Norman, Okla.—Eleven Oklahoma Panhandle State University students earned 12 state championship honors at the 2013 Oklahoma FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference held at the John Hammond Convention Center April 4-6, and in addition, advisor Sara Hitch took home the Outstanding Local Chapter Advisor plaque.

Double state champion John Costner said, "Our success is a testament to OPSU's business program, especially compared to the large state universities." He went on to say that he considers it "astounding" that nearly all of the competitors from OPSU placed in one event and many more in multiple events, especially against much larger schools such as Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. Hitch is pleased that the team doubled their numbers over last year, going from seven to 15 total contestants this year with 13 of those qualified for the national competition that will be held in Anaheim, Calif. in June. She feels OPSU will take some very strong contenders to Anaheim, explaining that last year's experience helped the students.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda serves as an education association for middle school, junior high, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in business. In addition to the contests, the aspiring business professionals attended workshops plus networked with peers and business industry leaders.

In addition to those listed below, Clint Horton, a business administration major from Turpin, and another business administration major residing in Goodwell, Johnnie Ehninger, also attended the convention.

Layne Greeson and John Costner teamed up to win first place in the Accounting Analysis and Decision Making contest. Costner also won first in Macroeconomics and Greeson took third in Business Law.

Leslie Dillon and Jeremy Richardson combined their talents to win Financial Services. Richardson also placed first in Financial Concepts while Dillon earned second place in that category. Reagan Karlin also took first place in two categories, Management Analysis and Decision Making and Sports Management & Marketing.

Chelsea Montano took first in Business Communications, Levi Adams won first in Computer Applications and second in Computer Concepts while Seth Jones was first in Contemporary Sports Issues and also earned second in Impromptu Speaking.

Quincy Lucas grabbed the first place award in International Business and also won second place in Accounting for Professionals and Kyle Keylon also won two awards, a first in Word Processing and second in Contemporary Sports Issues, and Meagan Bell earned first place in Accounting for Professionals.

To round out the awards, Rhonda Harkins earned second place in Accounting Principles and third in Management Concepts while Glenn Whiteley took third in Sports Management & Marketing.

The team meets this week to begin planning fundraisers for the trip to California this summer!