April 30, 2002
College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Excels at State Competition
The Whitworth College chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda won 33 out of 76 awards at the Washington State Competitive Events Conference held April 19 and 20 at Walla Walla Community College-Clarkston. Twelve of the 14 Whitworth students who took part in the competition placed in the top three of at least one event and 10 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, 10 Whitworth students won first- or second-place honors in categories including business law, economics, accounting principles, and finance to qualify to attend the National Leadership Conference June 22-26 in Nashville, Tenn. Several Whitworth competitors won top honors in multiple events, including senior Nina Sidneva of Visaginas, Lithuania, who won four first-place awards, and junior Kathy Goligoski of Spokane, who won two first-place awards and a third-place award.
Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of business and economics at Whitworth and chapter advisor, attended the competition with the Phi Beta Lambda team.
"Our students did tremendously well this year," Peterson says. "Both the state and national competitions provide a great opportunity for the students to test their knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of topics related to business and technology. Not only did Whitworth's team demonstrate they could compete on a state-wide level, but two of our students were elected as state officers of Phi Beta Lambda and one is running for national office."
Steven Shaw, a sophomore business-management major from Spokane, was elected president of the Washington State Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda for 2002-03 during the competition in Walla Walla. Shaw will run for the position of western-region vice president this summer at the national competition in Nashville. As a student at Central Valley High School in Spokane, Shaw served as the Washington state north-eastern region vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, which is the high-school counterpart of Phi Beta Lambda.
"Steven has brought a great deal of enthusiasm and experience to Whitworth's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, which is only in its third year of existence," Peterson says. "He has worked hard to help solidify our foundation and expand our membership."
Following is a list of Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda students who participated in the competition, their class standings, majors and hometowns, and the competition categories in which they placed.
Carla De Priest
Jayleen Hille (Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda chapter president elect)
Chantel Lindquist (Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda chapter president)
Megon Morris (Vice-president elect of Washington State Phi Beta Lambda)
Steven Shaw (President elect of Washington State Phi Beta Lambda)
Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of business and economics, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chantel Lindquist, Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda chapter president, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3809 or email@example.com.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.