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The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club attended the virtual California – Oklahoma FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference in April. In addition to nearly a dozen top-ten finishes in business competitions at the annual event, six students qualified to compete at the national convention in June. Leading the team in competition standings were Sophomore Grayson Lasater from Tulsa, Okla., and Sophomore Bret Lary, from Vinita, Okla. Lasater took second place in Contemporary Sports Issues and Lary took second in Programming Concepts. He also placed fourth in Computer Concepts, earning him qualification to the national competition in both events. Sophomore Kaylee Brewster, from Fairland, Okla., finished top-three in both Accounting Principles and Personal Finance. She was joined by Freshman Samantha Sanchez, from Grove, Okla., who finished top-three in both Entrepreneurship Concepts and Retail Management. Rounding out the top-five finishes were Sophomore Kati Smoke, from Afton, Okla., who finished fourth in Retail Management, and Freshman Melissia Fisher from Vinita, who finished fifth in Accounting Principles.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the oldest student business organization in the world. Established to promote business education and leadership, Oklahoma FBLA-PBL hosts a state leadership conference each year. At the conference, students compete in dozens of events, including Marketing Concepts, Public Speaking, and Macroeconomics. For more information on NEO PBL, contact Hackwell at lhackwell@neo.edu.   State Conference Results: Accounting Principles Kaylee Brewster – Third Melissia Fisher – Fifth   Computer Concepts Bret Lary – Fourth   Contemporary Sports Issues Grayson Lasater – Second   Entrepreneurship Concepts Samantha Sanchez – Third   Personal Finance Kaylee Brewster – Third   Programming Concepts Bret Lary – Second   Project Management Kati Smoke – Sixth   Retail Management Samantha Sanchez – Third Kati Smoke – Fourth

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