Stanly Community College Phi Beta Lambda was named a national "Gold Seal Chapter" at the organization's National Leadership Conference held this summer at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Convention Center.
"Gold Seal Chapter" designations are given to a maximum of ten percent of the nation's chapters, and members are given special gold ribbons to wear on their name badges throughout the conference.
Among the criteria for consideration is the preparation of a Local Chapter Annual Business Report. Stanly's entry won First Place at state competition and went on to receive Sixth Place in national competition. Chapter President Katrina Sams served as editor of the document.
As a result of winning state-level competitions, SCC had four students in competitions at the national conference. Jessica Ferretiz competed in Computer Concepts and Amy Ray in Public Speaking. Courtney Earnhardt was the national Second Place winner in Sales Presentation, and Ms. Sams received Fourth Place in the Social Media Campaign event.
Competition in areas of business, leadership, and career development include members of chapters from both two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities.
A highlight of the conference was the induction of Ms. Sams into the national "Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda." She was the only North Carolina member to be named to the 2016 list.
Delegates elected Albert Alvarez from Florida International University in Miami as president for the 2016-2017 year, the 75th Anniversary of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda as a national organization. Other officers elected included McKenzie Worley, an Appalachian State University student, as Vice President.
In addition to the competitions, delegates heard motivational speakers and attended a series of leadership seminars.
Ms. Sams, as one of North Carolina's state officers, led a session entitled "You Won't Believe What Happened To Me." Each officer told of some unfortunate situation they had been involved in and how they used their leadership skills to develop a solution to the issue.
In addition to the on-site activities, the Stanly delegation toured CNN and visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Center.
"The Stanly Community College Board of Trustees, administration, and staff are very proud of these four state winners who advanced to the national competitions," commented Faculty Adviser Dan Hazlett, who accompanied them to Atlanta. "The Gold Seal Chapter and the Annual Report awards reflect the tremendous amount of support the students get from both the campus and the community. The opportunities offered by PBL give the members advantages as they begin their careers and definitely prepare them to become leaders in their work places and communities.
"We are especially proud of Katrina's induction into ‘Who's Who in PBL' at the national level," Hazlett continued. "She is an outstanding local chapter president and represents Stanly Community College well as a state officer. She is most deserving of such a prestigious honor."
Phi Beta Lambda membership is open to all college students interested in developing their business and leadership skills, as well as participating in service and job-preparation activities. Both Stanly Community College and Pfeiffer University have active chapters, and additional information is available through Mr. Hazlett or Dr. Christopher Howard and Dr. Ana Smith at Pfeiffer.
Stanly Community College Phi Beta Lambda members Amy Ray, Courtney Earnhardt (front), Katrina Sams, and Jessica Ferretiz (back) following a tour of CNN Headquarters while in Atlanta for the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference. SCC received a national "Gold Seal Chapter" designation and numerous other awards in the national competitive events held during the conference.