Southeast Students Win Top Awards at Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference


2016-04-23 16.51.34Continuing a tradition of outstanding performance, Southeast Missouri State University students won 25 awards in 24 individual and team events at the State Leadership Conference of Phi Beta Lambda in April.

Southeast members of the Zeta Alpha Lambda chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) garnered eight first-place, seven second-place, five third-place, three fourth-place, and three fifth-place finishes. Twelve of the students placed high enough to automatically qualify to attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-27.

Southeast took 18 students to participate in this year’s conference in Springfield, Missouri.

The conference provided students with an opportunity to hear presentations on leadership, careers in the FBI, and networking as well as to run for state leadership positions and participate in competitive events. Representatives from 17 colleges and universities from across Missouri participated in the business-oriented competitive event portion of the program.

Three Southeast students were recognized for completing the director level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP). The CMAP is a comprehensive membership recognition program encompassing PBL projects, goals and programs with special emphasis on career development and preparation for the world of work. Members work independently through three integrated levels of the CMAP: director, executive and president.

Rebeca Ott of Wentzille, Missouri, earned the Director Award which focuses on introductory community service, career research and PBL involvement at the local level.

Dylan Kennedy of Catron, Missouri, earned the Executive Award which focuses on developing job interview skills, state and national PBL involvement, public relations activities and leadership skills.

Maria Pizzo, of St. Charles, Missouri, earned the President Award which focuses on total association leadership, business skills and involvement in community.

Pizzo also took third place in the Future Business Executive event, one of the highest PBL awards which honors outstanding PBL members who have demonstrated leadership qualities, participation in PBL, executive potential, and evidence of knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in business.

The Southeast chapter was awarded second place for the Local Chapter Annual Business Report. The annual report was prepared and submitted by Cory Herzog of Farmington, Missouri, and president of Southeast’s chapter. Known as the Hamden L. Forkner Award, this honor recognizes chapters that effectively summarize their year’s activities. The event provides participants with valuable experience in preparing business reports.

The chapter also received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, known as the Hollis and Kitty Guy Award, which recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL. Missouri only has two Gold Seal Chapters each year.

During the conference, students were allowed to run for state leadership positions. Kennedy and Ott will join the incoming 2016-2017 state officer team as president and secretary, respectively. Southeast students have held state office positions for eight consecutive years.

First, second, third, fourth and fifth place awards received and the category in which they were earned are as follows (bold names are eligible to compete nationally):

First Place:

  • Computer Animation
    • Matt Reishman of Ballwin, Missouri
  • Computer Concepts
    • Andrew Crutcher of St. Catharine, Missouri
  • Cyber Security
    • Andrew Crutcher
  • Hospitality Management
    • Kyle Amelunke of Jackson, Missouri
    • Sara Carney of St. Charles, Missouri
    • Tyreek Williams of Oran, Missouri
  • International Business
    • Chance Ziegler of Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Retail Management
    • Andrew Mitchell of East Prairie, Missouri
  • Strategic Analysis and Decision Making
    • Chance Ziegler
  • Website Design
    • Matt Reishman

Second Place:

  • Desktop Publishing
    • Rebecca Ott
  • Entrepreneurship Concepts
    • Cory Herzog
  • Impromptu Speaking
    • Tyreek Williams
  • Justice Administration
    • Andrew Mitchell
  • Local Chapter Annual Business Report
    • Cory Herzog
  • Social Media Challenge
    • Rebecca Ott
    • Dylan Kennedy
  • Sports Management and Marketing
    • Melissa Stephens of Jackson, Missouri

Third Place:

  • Computer Applications
    • Cassie Robertson of Gainesville, Missouri
  • Economic Analysis and Decision Making
    • Matheus Soares De Mendonca of Belo Horizomle, Brazil
  • Future Business Executive
    • Maria Pizzo
  • Macroeconomics
    • Matheus Soares De Mendonca
  • Microeconomics
    • Chance Ziegler

Fourth Place:

  • Management Concepts
    • Sara Carney
  • Marketing Concepts
    • Cory Herzog
  • Project Management
    • Sara Carney

Fifth Place:

  • Business Communication
    • Cassie Robertson
  • Networking Concepts
    • Cassie Robertson


  • Joseph Allison of Chester, Illinois
  • Emily Karleskint of Jackson, Missouri
  • Misaki Makino of Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Benjamin Zimmer of St. Charles, Missouri

Photo Caption: (top to bottom, left to right) Chance Ziegler, Tyreek Williams, Joe Allison, Melissa Stephens, Cory Herzog, Benjamin Zimmer, Dylan Kennedy, Kyle Amelunke, Matt Reishman, Matheus Soares de Mendonca, Cassie Robertson, Rebecca Ott, Sara Carney, Maria Pizzo, and Misaki Makino