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Students take 1st prize

Published date: April 1, 2017

On April 1st in downtown Richmond, undergraduates in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University (VSU) competed against students from thirteen other institutions of higher learning for an opportunity to qualify for the Phi Beta Lambda National Business Competition. One of the largest business career student organizations in the world, Phi Beta Lambda helps college students learn business skills along with providing personal and chapter development opportunities.

Despite stiff competition against schools including the University of Virginia, George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Richmond, etc.; the VSU students were top performers. Awards earned during the competition included Justin Camp (Management major) and Regan Taylor (Management major) placing first in Strategic Analysis and Design, Elette Ocloo (Management major) and Kamya Reid (Management major) placing first in Business Sustainability, and Elette Ocloo and Kamya Reid placing first in Emerging Business Issues. Also finishing strong were Brandon Green (Management Information Systems major) placing second in Website Design, Justin Camp earning second in Public Speaking, Regan Taylor and Terrill Shephard (Accounting major) finishing second in Business Ethics; and Terrill Shephard and Brandon Green placing second in Business Presentation. Justin Camp earned the Outstanding New Member award and the VSU students also placed first in the Shark Tank Team building event exercise.

Altogether, Virginia State University’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter came home with more than 8 awards. The chapter’s faculty advisor, i.e. Dr. Aurelia Donald said, “It was all the students! They were incredible!”

Next up, the National Leadership Conference and Competition in Anaheim, California in June.

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