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

group of Emporia State University School of Business students hold certificates

Ten students from Emporia State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda qualified for national competition during the 2022 State Leadership Conference. The conference was held in Cremer Hall, home of Emporia State’s School of Business, and hosted by the local PBL chapter.

Emporia State was one of seven schools that competed at the event. Emporia PBL students placed 28 times at the competition and received 13 first-place finishes. PBL is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). It builds on communication, leadership, networking, entrepreneurial, and business skills for the future. All majors are welcome to join PBL.

“We have excellent students competing on the state and national platforms,” says Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the School of Business. “I am proud of their performance, professionalism, intelligence and grit, both in and out of the classroom.”

Many of these students competed and placed within the top 10 at the 2021 virtual national event. The 2022 national conference will be in Chicago in June

Also honored at this year’s 2022 State Leadership Conference were four members designated as the Who’s Who of PBL. Lexi Fankhauser, Michaela Forkenbrock, Mallory Kueser and Abbygail Rowden were all chosen as outstanding members of the Emporia State PBL chapter.

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

  • Ashley Cookson: Second, Cost Accounting; Second, Microeconomics; Third, Accounting Principles
  • Lexi Fankhauser: First, Project Management; Second, Retail Management; Fourth, Entrepreneurship Concepts
  • Michaela Forkenbrock: First, Administrative Support Technology; First, Retail Management; Second, Entrepreneurship Concepts; Third, Microeconomics
  • Brice Helton: First, Insurance Concepts; First, Sales Presentation (team event)
  • Mallory Kueser: First, Marketing Analysis & Decision Making (team event); Second, Administrative Support Technology; Third, Business Communication; Fourth, Microeconomics
  • Linnea Mowry: First, Information Management; First, Business Communication; Second, Management Concepts; Third, Marketing Concepts; Fourth, Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • Abbygail Rowden: First, Marketing Analysis & Decision Making (team event); First, Future Business Executive; Third, Human Resource Management
  • Hailey Waltner: First, Management Analysis & Decision Making; Second, Financial Concepts
  • Nathan Whitsitt: First, Sales Presentation (team event); Third, Statistical Analysis; Fourth, Personal Finance
  • Christian Zorn: First, Strategic Analysis & Decision Making

Students who belong to Emporia State’s PBL 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 the Facebook page phibetalambdaesu.

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From left to right: Ashley Cookson, Christian Zorn, Abbygail Rowden, Lexi Fankhauser, Linnea Mowry, Mallory Kueser, Nathan Whitsitt, Leticia Rust (advisor), Brice Helton, Michaela Forkenbrock and Hailey Waltner.