Miami Dade College makes history again at National PBL Conference

Miami Dade College (MDC) students came home with more than souvenirs from a recent trip to Nashville. These highachieving members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) garnered top prizes during that organization’s recent national leadership conference in Tennessee.

The MDC group competed against more than 1,800 other college students from across the country, showcasing their talents as future business leaders. The competitive events allowed participants to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and take part in more than 50 business and business-related races. Rivals included the best and brightest from the University of Alabama, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Wisconsin, among others.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

For many students, this conference’s events represent the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops and attended motivational keynotes on related topics. MDC has historically and consistently placed among the top schools in the nation for more than a decade.

MDC students competed and placed in the following events:

Integrated Marketing Campaign — first place, Shanna Knowles, Claudia Romero and Melanie Velasquez;

Small Business Management — first place, Iris Lopez, Yheinny Santana and Brandon Silva;

Business Law — second place, Svetlanna Valdes and Tiffany Wood;

Economic Analysis and Decision Making — third place, Sean McKenzie and Katherine Puig;

Accounting Analysis and Decision Making — fourth place, Nicholas Mallery;

Macroeconomics — fourth place, Antonio Cajade;

Public Speaking — fourth place, Quinn Allen;

Accounting for Professionals — fifth place, Yanet Arcaya;

Business Presentation — fifth place, Angel Juan and Yohei Fujita;

Management Analysis and Decision Making — sixth place, Ana Parades, Nicole Simon and Richard Telfeja.

Parliamentary Procedure — ninth place, Jessica Caicedo, Jezer Guinea, Robert Knewitz, Allen Llodra and Betsy Trujillo, and

Community Service — 10th place, John Centeno, Hyacinth Llanos and Alexis Perez.

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