During the Spring 2013 semester, several students, along with advisors Darenda Kersey, Shannon Ogden, and Ruth Schaa, attended the state Phi Beta Lamda (PBL) competition in Little Rock, Arkansas. All students attending competed in at least two competitive events.
Carlo Obregon, Olen Hunt and Jamie Weeks placed in the top two positions in their respective events making them eligible to compete at the national PBL competition at Anaheim, California, during the summer. The three students, along with Schaa, were able to attend the national event with some of the expenses paid by the Student Government Association and by PBL fundraisers.
Carlo Obregon who won first place at state in Justice Administration, went on to place sixth at the national level. Carlo graduated in May 2013 with his AAS in Criminal Justice, and he is now enrolled in the Law Enforcement Training Academy at BRTC. Carlo’s native language is Spanish. Therefore, during the timed event in which he competed, he had to translate the questions which were written in English into Spanish, conceptualize the questions, and translate his answer back into English.
Jamie Weeks, who is currently working on her AAS in Business Technology, competed in the Job Interview event.
Olen Hunt, who is currently a business student working on his AAS degree, competed in the Networking event.
“BRTC PBL members are already working toward the Spring 2014 competition,” Schaa said, “with hopes of surpassing the achievements already made of the two-year old organization. Competition is fierce among the collegiate PBL members as many of them competed during their high school years in FBLA events. This could be seen at the national conference when competitors were quizzing others with flash cards and textbooks while they were waiting in line to enter the competitive events.”
Students interested in joining PBL should contact Shannon Ogden or Ruth Schaa. Their offices are located in the Business Technology Building on the BRTC Pocahontas Campus.