Martinsburg, WV. More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Southern California to establish their own Legacy of Leadership as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards.
The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference was held June 24–27 in Anaheim. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.
Eileen Kusnirak from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 27. Kusnirak competed in the Community Service Project and brought home second place. The Community Service event is a pre-judged report of a community service project put together by the student and the club. The event consists of a fifteen-page report followed by a presentation at nationals. The event chosen by Kursnriak was the Attire for Hire Clothing Drive and Clothing Closet. This project asked for lightly worn business attire donations from the community. Over 116 participants received clothing from the drive with an estimated collected value of over $15,000.
“It was an extraordinary opportunity. Being able to place second in the nation was overwhelming. In a good way.” said Eileen Kusnirak, student and PBL-BRCTC Vice-President.
Advisor Todd Cimino-Johnson said, “This is the first year Blue Ridge has been represented at both the state and national level of PBL. It is a great opportunity for students to not only network with their peers, but also possible future employers. I am very proud of Eileen and all the students from West Virginia that competed.”
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.