Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2001

Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Excels at State Competition of Future Business Leaders

The Whitworth College chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda won 24 out of 72 awards at the Washington State Competitive Events Conference held April 6 and 7 at Walla Walla Community College. All nine Whitworth students who took part in the competition placed in the top three of at least one event and eight students qualified for the national competition.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Each spring state-based competitions are held to test students' business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are eligible to compete for awards at the National Leadership Conference held each summer.

At the Walla Walla competition, eight Whitworth students won first- or second-place honors in categories including economics, international business and marketing to qualify to attend the National Leadership Conference July 4-7 in Orlando, Fla. Several Whitworth competitors won top honors in multiple events, including junior Rebekah Nelson of Ephrata, Wash., who collected two first-place awards, a second-place finish and four third-place honors. Senior Kristy Colgan of Bellevue, Wash., who is president of the Washington state chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, won two first-place and three second-place awards.

Margie LaShaw, associate professor of economics and business at Whitworth and chapter advisor, attended the competition with the Phi Beta Lambda team. "It was the group's second state competition and it was the first for several of the students, so their tremendous success is all the more impressive," LaShaw says. "The competition provided a forum for the Whitworth students to showcase their skills and knowledge, and they demonstrated their ability to compete academically on state-wide level."

Following is a list of Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda students who participated in the competition, their class standing, major and hometown, and the competition categories in which they placed:

Andy Price
Senior accounting major
Spokane, Wash.
2nd - Quantitative Methods 3rd - Accounting for Professionals
3rd - Business Decision Making (Team)
3rd - Finance

Brad Norleen
Senior business management major
Spokane, Wash.
1st - Public Speaking
2nd - Marketing

Amy Olsen (Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda chapter president)
Senior accounting major
Deer Park, Wash.
1st - Business Decision Making (Team)

Garret Zumini
Senior accounting major
University Place, Wash.
3rd - Business Decision Making (Team)

Henry Yan
Senior accounting major
Camas, Wash.
2nd - Economics
2nd - Finance
2nd - International Business
3rd - Business Decision Making (Team)

Rebekah Nelson
Junior psychology and business management double major
Ephrata, Wash.
1st - Impromptu Speaking
1st - Marketing
2nd - Management
3rd - Computer Concepts
3rd - Business Principles
3rd - Quantitative Methods
3rd - Information Management

Kristy Colgan (State president of Phi Beta Lambda)
Senior accounting major
Bellevue, Wash.
1st - Business Decision Making (Team)
1st - Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda
2nd - Future Business Executive
2nd - Information Management
2nd - Computer Concepts

Chantel Lindquist
Sophomore business-management major
Portland, Ore.
1st - Economics
2nd - Accounting Principles

Harry Donkor
Sophomore economics major
Tema, Ghana
1st - Business Decision Making (Team)
3rd - Economics


Margie LaShaw, associate professor of economics and business and Phi Beta Lambda advisor, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4498 or mlashaw@whitworth.edu.

Kristy Colgan, Washington state president of Phi Beta Lambda, (509) 777-3210 or kcolgan@mail2.whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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