PBL students

Jones College’s PBL business honor society members are headed to the national competition after winning 14 categories in the state competition.  Pictured in the front row, left to right are, front row: PBL Advisor-Mitch Dubose, Tara Williamson, Melissa Hankins, and Alyssa Pearce. Pictured in the second row is PBL Advisor- David Ray, Byron Pitman and Zachory Busby. Pictured in the third row is Daniel Easley, Trent Norris, and Grant Valverde.  Pictured in the back row are Colby Dorsey, Owen Cote, Kaleb Ashmore, and Stephen Grantham. Not pictured: Tyler Rouse, Dylan Meeks and Emily Youngblood. Photo/submitted

Fourteen of the fifteen Jones College students that competed in the Phi Beta Lambda business honor society’s state competition in Columbus, Mississippi, came home winners. They either placed first or second in their competitive events, qualifying them for the national competition in June in San Antonio, Texas. During the three-day conference, each student competed in two business-related events. The events ranged from accounting principles and entrepreneurship concepts to computer programming and network design.

“Thirteen of the students will be going to the four-day national conference and competition in San Antonio,” said Jones College’s PBL Advisor David Ray. “We’re looking forward to a strong showing at nationals this summer. This group has a lot of potential to place nationally.”

Tara Williamson of Mendenhall earned first place honors in both the Computer Applications and the Hospitality Management competitions. Colby Dorsey of Woodville earned first place honors in Computer Concepts. Ellisville’s Dylan Meeks earned first place in Sports Management & Marketing and second place in the Contemporary Sports Issues category.

The team of Colby Dorsey, Trent Norris of Seminary and Grant Valverde of Enterprise earned second place in the Network Design team competition. The team consisting of Owen Cote of Sumrall, Daniel Easley of Laurel, and Tyler Rouse of Lucedale took home first place in the Management Analysis & Decision Making team category and second place in the Financial Analysis & Decision Making team competition. Sumrall’s Kaleb Ashmore earned first place honors in the Programming Concepts competition and second place in the Computer Applications category.

Columbia’s Alyssa Pearce took home second place in the Job Interview category and third place in the Marketing Analysis & Decision Making competition. Zachory Busby of Soso landed in second place in the Help Desk competition and third place in the Information Management category. Hattiesburg’s Stephen Grantham received second place for his efforts in the Programming Concepts competition. Finishing in third place were Trent Norris in the Help Desk competition and Melissa Hankins of Laurel in the Accounting competition. However, Hankins took top honors in the Entrepreneurship Concepts competition. Ellisville’s Emily Youngblood earned second place in the Macroeconomics competition and Byron Pittman of Ellisville earned fourth place in the Information Management category.

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