Mesa State students turn in dominating performances at business event

Tyler Sickles and Crystal Wert each won four events to lead a dominating performance by Mesa State College students at the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda state leadership conference in Denver.

All 20 Mesa State students who competed at the conference qualified to attend nationals, set for June 23 to 26 in Orlando, Fla.

Mesa State students won 54 awards, including 19 first-place and 11 second-place awards. Students who placed in the top three in test events and two top in live performance events qualified for nationals.

Sickles placed first in financial concepts, impromptu speaking and project management and joined with Heather Flaherty and Jennifer Hunt to place first as a business decision-making team.

Wert placed first in accounting analysis and decision making and retail management. She joined with Carolyn Dowd and Ellen Flanary to place first as a business ethics team. Wert, Dowd and Molly Roth placed first as an emerging business issues team.

Flaherty also placed fourth in networking concepts and joined with Jaime Felciano and Nichole Mease to place second in small business management plan.

Hunt teamed with Ashley Wiseman and Aleya Bell-Jones to place first in human resource management. Hunt placed second in management concepts and third in strategic analysis and decision making.

Dowd also placed second in both macroeconomics and microeconomics.

Flanary also placed first in business presentation, second in project management and third in marketing concepts.

Roth placed first in word processing and joined Moses Agbenyo and Josh Major to place first for their community service project. Roth and Carl Nesbit placed second in desktop publishing.

Felciano also placed fourth in accounting analysis and decision-making.

Mease also placed second in both client service and information management and fifth in computer concepts.

Wiseman placed first in future business executive and fifth in management concepts. In addition, she was elected to the Colorado leadership team for the upcoming academic year.

Bell-Jones also placed third in justice administration and fourth in both business communication and public speaking.

Agbenyo also placed second in business communication and third in sales presentation.

Major also placed first in help desk, third in information management and fourth in strategic analysis and decision-making.

Nesbit also placed second in computer concepts and fourth in business presentation.

Andy Chung placed first in economic analysis and decision-making as well as financial services. Chung placed second in strategic analysis and decision-making and fourth in macroeconomics.

Randy Fred placed first in client service, third in business communication, fourth in international business and fifth in impromptu speaking.

Cole Nash placed first in sports management and marketing and third in both networking concepts and retail management.

Edwin Sanabria placed first in international business and third in both human resource management and impromptu speaking.

Brittney Garcia placed second in marketing concepts, third in management concepts and fifth in macroeconomics.

Justin Kawcak, the outgoing Colorado PBL president, received the Who’s Who in PBL award and will be recognized at nationals for the distinction. Kawcak is also incoming president of the Mesa State College Associated Student Government.

In addition to individual awards, the Mesa State chapter of PBL also received an award for having the largest chapter in Colorado.