D&E Students Take Top Awards at State PBL Conference

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Friday, May 1, 2015

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students achieved top honors in various categories of competition at the West Virginia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Charleston, W.Va. The annual event, conducted April 10, tests students’ business knowledge in a broad range of career-related areas.

“Our students performed extremely well and we are very proud of the awards they received,” says D&E Professor of Economics Dr. Nadeem Khan, who serves as Phi Beta Lambda advisor and accompanied students to the conference.

Students earning first place and second place in the state contest are eligible to participate in the national competition in Chicago, Ill., June 24-27.

Davis & Elkins College students who placed first in individual competition are: freshman Clay Friel of Hillsboro, W.Va., Accounting Principles; senior Guilherme Hubsch of Indaiatuba, Brazil, Personal Finance; junior Halima Michael of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Financial Concepts; sophomore Ty Montemoino of Carrollton, Ga., Public Speaking; and sophomore Heather Snead of Bartow, W.Va., Information Management.

Taking first place as a team in the Business Ethics category are senior Kevin Gratias of Belington, W.Va., and senior Adam Petersen of Chesterfield, Va.

Earning second place in the individual competition of the Public Speaking category is sophomore Sarah Planakis of Fredericksburg, Va.

Achieving third place in the individual competition of the Cost Accounting category is senior Brooke Whitacre of Whitmer, W.Va.

Phi Beta Lambda is a business career organization for postsecondary students. At D&E, any student enrolled in classes in the Division of Business & Entrepreneurship is eligible for membership.

The Davis & Elkins College Division of Business & Entrepreneurship offers a curriculum that gives the student a balanced education consisting of both liberal arts and professional courses through its several areas of concentration. The professional courses prepare students for the complexities of business in a global economy; an entrepreneurial focus throughout the curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore new venture creation and to understand how business start-ups contribute to wealth creation in society as a whole. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Business Education Comprehensive 5-Adult, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. A program is also available for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management. Students may also elect to obtain an Associate of Arts degree in Hospitality Management or an Associate of Science degree in Accounting or Business.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.