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Seven Cayuga CC students qualify to compete in national business competition

DATE: 06-05-2013

Cayuga Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club members competed at the state Future Business Leaders PBL conference and out-performed peers from many prestigious colleges across the state. Seven students placed and qualified for the national finals in Anaheim, Calif., June 22 through 25.

The following Cayuga students have qualified to compete at nationals:

  • James Molina of Philadelphia (Public Speaking)
  • Kevin Franceschelli of Auburn (Impromptu Speaking)
  • Max Appleby of Weedsport (Community Service, Sales Presentation and Hospitality and Tourism)
  • Natalie Krone of Auburn (Community Service)
  • Jodi Rogers of Red Creek (Word Processing and Hospitality and Tourism)
  • Kelly Ross of Auburn (Community Service)
  • Mat Pidgeon of Auburn (Business Law and Statistical Analysis)

Depending on the category, students compete by taking a written test or presenting to a panel of judges. The College is able to send five of them to compete at nationals. Molina, Franceschelli, Appleby, Krone, and Rogers have been selected to travel to California for the competition.

“As the faculty advisor for the club, I’m honored to mentor such fine students,” said Business Instructor Amy Valente. “They are true leaders and did a wonderful job preparing for the state competitions.”

Last year, three Cayuga students placed in the top 10 in their competitive category. Valente said she is hoping the club members do as well or better than last year.

“It is so important for our students to participate in competitions and conferences such as the PBL National Leadership Conference,” Valente said. “Not only do students gain the experience of attending a huge conference of peers, but they also gain the understanding that being professional, learning all that you can about a subject, and doing your best to prepare are important attributes that can gain them recognition throughout their lives.”

The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth, according to the national PBL web site.