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Tradition Continues for OPSU PBL

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 05/03/2016 OPSU PBL members pause for a quick photo at the State Leadership Conference held April 22-23. —Courtesy photo OPSU PBL members pause for a quick photo at the State Leadership Conference held April 22-23. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — The tradition of excellence continued for OPSU Phi Beta Lambda members at the 2016 Oklahoma FBLA- PBL State Leadership Conference April 22-23 at Tulsa Community College- Metro campus in Tulsa, Okla. It was a busy weekend for the students packed with competitive events, awards, community service, and election of state officers.

This year's FBLA-PBL theme has been “Connect” and OPSU students did just that. In the competitive events, OPSU students earned seven state championships, six second-place finishes, and four third place finishes. State championships went to Brian Martinez in Administrative Technologies, Natasha Colpetzer in Client Service, Brittney Bergner and Brittney Moore in Computer Animation, Madilyn Rider in Computer Applications and Personal Finance, Tyler Bryant in Financial Services, and Trey Fankhouser in Small Business Management Plan. Second places finishes were as follows: Linden Robertson and Kietta Saunders in Business Law, Sam Lemin in Contemporary Sports Issues, Tyler Bryant in Financial Concepts, Trey Fankhouser in Justice Administration, Natasha Colpetzer in Retail Management, and the OPSU PBL chapter in Local Chapter Annual Business Report. Rounding out the top finishes third place honors went to Sam Lemin in Economic Analysis and Decision Making, Brian Martinez in Help Desk, and Jocelyn Avalos in Job Interview and Management Concepts.

In addition, Avalos became the 2016-2017 PBL State Secretary. Avalos was required to coordinate a campaign, work a campaign booth, pass a screening, and present a five-minute speech.

Avalos commented, “I am so proud and honored to represent OPSU as the first elected State PBL Officer from our chapter. The State Parliamentarian two years ago was from OPSU, but her position is the result of the highest score on the Parliamentary Procedure test. Throughout the election process, my fellow chapter members were very helpful and supportive, and our chapter advisors were very motivating.”

Additional awards for the OPSU PBL chapter included: Gold Ribbon Chapter Honors, First Place Public Relations Award, First Place Largest Local Chapter Membership Percentage Increase with a 17% increase this year, and the Mitchell Ober Outstanding Chapter Award which goes to the best PBL chapter in Oklahoma. OPSU also earned the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit and will be one of two chapters representing the State of Oklahoma at the National Leadership Conference and Competition as the Gold Seal Chapter from our state.

The following OPSU students attended the conference: Jocelynn Avalos of Guymon, Okla.; Brittney Bergner of Hooker, Okla.; Tyler Bryant of Goodwell, Okla.; Natasha Colpetzer of Guymon, Okla.; Ely Esquivel of Guymon, Okla.; Trey Fankhouser of Guymon, Okla.; Sam Lemin of Canberra, ACT, Australia; Brian Martinez of Guymon, Okla.; Brittney Moore of Goodwell, Okla.; Madilyn Rider of Guymon, Okla.; Linden Robertson of New Orleans, La.; Kietta Saunders of Chicago, Ill.; and Ami Torres of Guymon, Okla.

The group was accompanied by OPSU PBL advisors Sara Hitch and Davin Winger.

Hitch said, “This was our fifth State Leadership Conference, and each new year is just as exciting as the previous years. We never know what to expect from the competition, and we are always so proud of how the students represent OPSU. This was, by far, our youngest group to ever take, and they were just as competitive as any other group we’ve taken, as evidenced by their successes!”

PBL members will now begin preparations for the National FBLA-PBL Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on June 24-27. The group will host a nine-hole, scramble on Friday, May 13 at the OPSU Golf Course in Goodwell. The fee is $100 for a four-person team. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. Teams can register any time up until the start of the tournament. There will be payouts for first, second, and third place along with multiple competitions for additional prizes. Dinner and goodie bags will be provided for all participants. For more information about the Goodwell Tournament please contact Sara Hitch at 580-349-1442 or sahitch@opsu.edu.