OGDEN -- Weber State student Brook Young has been named the top Future Business Teacher at Phi Beta Lambda's Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference.
WSU student Akhapone Singta earned second place in another the telecommunications category. In addition, 13 other Weber State students placed in the Top 10 in their categories, some sharing the honor for group efforts.
Phi Beta Lambda is the largest and oldest student business organization in the country. It is designed to sharpen students' core business skills and expand their networks. The conference, this year in Texas, allowed more than 1,700 students from around the country to compete in more than 55 business-related events. The conference also offered educational workshops and motivational speakers.
"Our students competed exceptionally well at a national level," said Angela Christensen, WSU PBL adviser. "I knew before the students left for San Antonio they were prepared for their competitive events. They did an incredible job."
Christensen said in order to qualify for nationals, the Weber State students had to place first or second in their categories in the state competition. Nineteen WSU students qualified, and all but two were able to make the trip. The Weber State chapter has 35 members. The campus chapter is about 40 years old, Christensen said.
Other PBL honors went to WSU students Danielle Rich, Alison Ence, Susanne Matina, Tiffany Taurone, Tessa Allred and Young, who took sixth place in parliamentary procedures; Danielle Rich, Alison Ence and Singta, who took seventh place in network design;
Rachel Park and Brennen Fuller, eighth place in desktop publishing; and Lynda Seneff, eighth place in public speaking; and in 10th place, Park in information management, Denise Nelson in microeconomics, and Pannawat Hiranbanthau in telecommunications.
In addition, WSU student Harrison Spendlove was elected Utah PBL president, and Danielle Rich became Utah PBL public relations officer.
"This year was a big jump for us," Spendlove said, of the conference awards. "It's unusual to have that many place."
Spendlove said Weber State's Phi Beta Lambda is one of the larger chapters in the state, "and we've always been pretty successful. We are just trying to grow."
Christensen said Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level of the high school organization Future Businesses Leaders of America. In January, the Weber State PBL members will hold a conference for the Northern Utah members of the high school organization.