Two current members and two alumni of the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student business organization at Missouri State University-West Plains attended the PBL National Leadership Conference June 23-26 in Baltimore, Maryland.
While there, current students Alyssa Dillon, Tecumseh, and Cynthia Peak, Willow Springs, as well as alumni Dillon Cordel and Derek McGinnis, both of West Plains, took part in competitions for which they qualified earlier this year at the Missouri state conference.
Dillon placed sixth in the nation in Accounting Principles and ninth in Microeconomics. Cordel and McGinnis, both of whom are members of the PBL chapter at Missouri State University in Springfield, placed fourth in the Emerging Business Issues team event. Cordel and another Springfield campus teammate, Kerri Young, placed seventh in the Business Law team event. Peak competed in Client Service but did not place.
The group also attended workshops on Effective Management Skills, Making Communication Count, and Leadership and Networking, according to PBL faculty sponsor Dasha Russell.
In addition, the group took some time to visit Washington, D.C., where they saw the White House, several national monuments and the Smithsonian Institution.
They also took in a Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Russell said.
Funding for the trip was provided by the Philanthropic Women for Education, the Missouri State-West Plains Student Government Association and PBL fundraising efforts.