ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Central Christian College of Kansas Phi Beta Lambda business club attended the 75th Annual Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Convention in Anaheim, California.

The event was held June 23 through June 27 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Nearly 2,000 college students, advisors and professional members from hundreds of college from across the U.S. were in attendance. They had the opportunity to participate in workshops, national and regional officer elections and national competitions in events such as accounting, economics, human resources, marketing, management, statistics, etc. There were a total of 61 individual and team competitive events.

Eight Central students, Trevor Dahl, JP Ray, Chris Rigby, Jody Bohnenblust, Elizabeth Caron, Priscilla Castillo, Tara Kemp, and Meghan Morey competed in 11 different events under the advisory leadership of Central Business Chair Dr. David Ferrell and retired Central PBL Advisor, Jerry Fithian.

These students advanced to the final round of 15 competitors in nine of the 11 events and placing in the top 10 in the country in seven of the events. The seven events in which Central students placed nationally are listed here along with their placement and approximate number of competitors:


Sustainability (20) 4th place – Elizabeth Caron, Meghan Morey

Financial Analysis and Decision Making (45) 8th place - Chris Rigby

Help Desk (45) 2nd place – Trevor Dahl

Marketing Analysis and Decisions

Making (45) 5th place – Jody Bohnenblust, Elizabeth Caron, Tara Kemp

Personal Finance (60) 2nd place – Tara Kemp

Social Media

Challenge (21) 10th place – Jody Bohnenblust, Trevor Dahl

Local Chapter Annual Business Report (25) 4th place – Total Central - PBL chapter effort

This represents the most national awards received at a single competition in the history of the chapter which was started by Professor Dean Bacon in the 1965-66

academic year.

“Central has participated in Phi Beta Lambda for over 50 years – sending qualifying students to national competition for many of those years. This year represents the best results we have had thus far in our PBL program and so we are very proud of our students,” Ferrell said. “This helps to validate the excellent work they are doing in their respective fields of business, the concepts and principles they are learning and the ability they have to apply these concepts to the real world.”

Institutions in attendance at the 2017 FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference include: the University of Illinois, Peru State College, William Baptist College, University of Maryland, George Mason University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, State University of New York, Florida International University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Missouri–Columbia, Rutgers University, University of Utah, University of Texas-Dallas, Illinois State University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, etc. The colleges and universities represented from Kansas – besides Central – include: Sterling College, Emporia State University, Fort Hays University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Labette Community College, Butler County Community College, Seward County Community College, and Flint Hills Technical College.

Besides competitive events, the eight Central students and two advisors enjoyed a number of challenging workshops, political rallies, and networking opportunities.

The 2018 FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference will be held in Baltimore.