CHICAGO – University of Nebraska at Kearney students won a school-record 14 awards at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference.

Nine UNK students attended the conference, and seven placed inside the top 10 in at least one event. With 14 total awards, the UNK chapter earned more national placings than any other Nebraska school.

UNK also received a Gold Seal Award of Merit, which recognizes chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL.

Hosted June 24-27 in Chicago, the annual conference allows FBLA and PBL members from colleges and universities across the country to network, attend leadership workshops and compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills.

The top 10 performers in each event were recognized June 27 during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

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Students attending the conference were Courtney Cox of Alliance, Olivia Lawless of Aurora, Sydney Atkinson of Butte, Maddie Getz of Kearney, Omar Sanchez of Lexington, Joseph Hiatt of Spencer, Cody Swinarski of St. Paul, Megan Wallman of Syracuse and Jackie Kalkwarf of Wilber.

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career and technical student organization in the world. Its collegiate division aims to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders by preparing them for careers in business-related fields.

Nine UNK students attended last month’s FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They won a collective total of 14 awards, with seven students placing inside the top 10 in at least one event.

– First place – Sydney Atkinson, future business educator; Maddie Getz, economic analysis and decision making

– Second place – Sydney Atkinson, Joseph Hiatt and Megan Wallman, local chapter annual business report; Courtney Cox, financial services; Joseph Hiatt, small business management plan

– Third place – Sydney Atkinson, business communication; Maddie Getz, forensic accounting

– Sixth place – Megan Wallman, job interview

– Seventh place – Courtney Cox, personal finance; Olivia Lawless, client service; Cody Swinarski, business presentation; Olivia Lawless and Megan Wallman, sales presentation

– Eighth place – Courtney Cox, business communication

– Ninth place – Sydney Atkinson and Joseph Hiatt, desktop publishing

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