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MAC students compete in national conference

Several student members of Mineral Area College’s business club, Phi Beta Lambda, attended and competed in PBL’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-27. At the Awards of Excellence Program, student Amanda Hodges was recognized for receiving fourth place in the nation in the Computer Concepts competitive event.

Participating at the conference were: Ashley Frye, Potosi; Matthew Hill, Park Hills; Tracy Rentfro, Desloge; Carolyn Graham, Ste. Genevieve; Amanda Hodges, Bismarck; and Robert Ragan, Ironton. MAC advisers Melynda Barks and Roger McMillian accompanied them.

The students became eligible to represent Missouri at the National Leadership Conference by placing either first or second at the State Leadership Conference held March 22-24 in Jefferson City.

The San Antonio conference theme was “PBL: Gateway to Greatness.”

Registration for the 2012 National Conference totaled more than 1,600 students and advisers. The conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams, leadership training, and election of national PBL officers for the next year.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Randal Pinkett, an entrepreneur, scholar, author and speaker who is also the founder, chairman, and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar consulting firm that specializes in information technology, organizational development, and public policy.

Dr. Pinkett was the first and only African-American winner of the NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice with Donald Trump.

Phi Beta Lambda is an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business.  There are more than 11,000 active members in the U.S. Missouri has over 400 members in 22 colleges and universities across the state.

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