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Eight Students Qualify for Nationals at the Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

Students holding up certificates

Eight students from Emporia State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda hosted and competed in the 2020 State Leadership Conference held at the School of Business, Cremer Hall, at Emporia State. ESU was one of eight schools that competed at the event.

Emporia State students collectively placed 28 times at the competition and brought home 14 first-place finishes. All eight ESU students earned placements and are eligible to compete at the National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June.

“Our Phi Beta Lambda students continue to do exceptionally well at state,” said Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the School of Business at ESU. “We have some excellent students competing on the state and national platforms. I am continually proud of their performance both in and out of the classroom. The PBL students did an amazing job hosting this event and stepped up to the challenges of accommodating seven other schools. We showed our professionalism, grit, intelligence, and courtesy to our visitors.”

Some of these students competed and placed within the top 10 at the 2019 National event.

Also honored at this year’s 2020 State Leadership Conference was Leticia Rust, student services professional for the School of Business at Emporia State. Rust was honored with the 2020 Kansas Advisor of the Year Award.

PBL is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America. It builds on communication, leadership, networking, entrepreneurial and business skills for the future. All majors are welcome to join PBL.

As a member of Emporia State’s PBL, students can compete in over 50 events at the state and national level, help in various community service events, gain leadership skills and experience, apply classroom learning to a real-world setting, promote business to the community, and be trained to be the next line of leaders in any profession. For more information on Emporia State’s PBL Chapter, please go to and our Facebook page.

The students from Emporia State University and their achievements are as follows:

Abby Rowden: First, Computer Applications

Ashley Rietcheck: First, Financial Analysis & Decision Making; First, Project Management; Second, Insurance Concepts; Third, Personal Finance.

Carolina Taylor: First, Retail Management; Third, Entrepreneurship Concepts; Third, Information Management; Third, Marketing Concepts; Third, Project Management.

Jan Bard: First, Financial Concepts; First, Justice Administration; First, Macroeconomics; First, Organizational Behavior & Leadership; First, Personal Finance.

Lindsey Newman: First, Accounting Principles; First, Financial Concepts; Second, Macroeconomics; Second, Personal Finance.

Mackenzie Hofstra: Second, Marketing Concepts; Second, Programming Concepts; Second, Statistical Analysis; Third, Network Concepts.

Martina Miller: First, Job Interview; First, Marketing Concepts; Second, Microeconomics.

Michaela Forkenbrock: First, Administrative Technology; Third, Macroeconomics.

In the photo above, students with their award certificates from left are Ashley Rietcheck, Carolina Taylor, Michaela Forkenbrock, Jan Bard, Abby Rowden, Martina Miller and Mackenzie Hofstra. Not picture is Lindsey Newman.