Seven Northeast Mississippi Community College students qualified for national competition due to their efforts at the 2019 Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference held at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.
Ebony Betts of Tupelo, Devan Dunlap of Belmont, Carleigh Holt of Kossuth, Kayla Lee of Kossuth, Kathryn Steele of Kossuth, Brianna Thompson of Iuka and Brittney Walden of Baldwyn will all represent the college at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas on June 24-27.
During the 2019 state leadership conference, Northeast brought home four state championships in small business management plan, website design, organizational behavior and leadership and desktop publishing along with two state runner-up titles in insurance concepts and hospitality management.
Dunlap and Walden combined to take top honors in the Small Business Management Plan category while Steele, Holt and Lee tag-teamed the Website Design category. Betts brought home a first-place award in Organizational Behavior and Leadership while Dunlap and Walden captured their second state championship in the Desktop Publishing event. Steele followed up the website design first place with a second place in Insurance Concepts while Thompson was second in hospitality management.
In addition to four first place awards and a pair of runner-up slots, Northeast also brought home two third place awards with Thompson finishing third in Organizational Behavior and Leadership and Lee clocking a third-place finish in Personal Finance.
Betts was also elected to serve as State Reporter for the collegiate division of Phi Beta Lambda at the event.
During the 2019 Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, approximately 200 students competed in more than 50 business, legal, public speaking and leadership-oriented testing and live performance events from across the state’s community college and universities.
Former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) official and leadership consultant Dr. Lavon Gray served as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony and spoke to participants about conflict resolution.