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Three Cayuga CC Students Place Top 10 in National PBL Competition

DATE: 07-16-2012

Cayuga Community College Phi Beta Lambda members Max Appleby of Weedsport, Prof. Amy Valente, Byron Wall of Port Byron, Jodi Rogers of Red Creek, and Alec Rider of Parish traveled to Austin, Texas, to compete in a national business skills competition. Three Cayuga Community College students placed in the top 10 for their division in the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Competition, a program that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

Students Max Appleby, Alec Rider, Jodi Rogers, and Byron Wall were invited to compete in the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Competition after successfully competing in the online state-level individual and team competitions this spring. Ron Stuart also qualified to compete in the national tournament but was unable to attend the event.

“The trip was an amazing experience,” Byron Wall, Phi Beta Lambda CCC Chapter President. “The competition forced us to work under pressure against many capable peers from all across the United States. I am proud of our club, and I am thankful to our amazing advisor Amy Valente, and our administration at Cayuga for believing in us.”

 Business Instructor and Phi Beta Lambda Faculty Advisor Amy Valente accompanied the students on their trip to San Antonio, Texas, in June. Max Appleby and Byron Wall took 7th place nationally in the Business Decision Making competition and Alec Rider took 9th place nationally in the Contemporary Sports Issues Competition.

“The students are now part of an elite group of competitive event winners within the national PBL organization, which is comprised of more than 11,000 students from across the country,” Valente said. “As their professor, it means that we are truly preparing our business students for what they will need to know in the business world.”