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Trojans Win State Awards

Published date: April 30, 2019

Recently, 14 Virginia State University (VSU) students in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business participated in the Virginia Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) State Leadership Conference and Business Competitions in Richmond, Va. VSU placed 1st place in 8 competitions, 2nd place in 10 competitions and 3rd place in three competition. 

The team competed against teams from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Longwood University, James Madison University, George Mason University and the University of Richmond.

“At the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business, we provide quality education for our students. As part of their education, students interact with business executives and engage in networking.  These experiences build confidence and enhance their problem solving skills. For the last three years, the students have been advised by Dr. Aurelia Donald and Prof. Louis Dabney.  High performance at PBL competitions at state and national levels have now become a tradition at Virginia State University.  The students’ success in this year’s state-wide competition is a reflection of their training and hard work, and we are very proud of them.”

This year’s VSU Phi Beta Lambda students not only succeeded academically but also politically.  In addition, to their academic achievements, three Trojans ran for office and were successful.  In order of ranking, CeAra Donald, a 16 year-old freshman, earned the title of vice president of programming, Michael Press, vice president of students and alumni engagement, and Essence Bridges earned the title of vice president of communications.

Trojan Christopher Fisher shared, “This was an awesome experience.  It was great to use the topics covered in class in project examples.  It brought the topics to life.” 

Freshman Kameron Spence expressed how it felt to represent VSU.

“As a freshman, it felt good to represent the University,” Spence said. “I am looking forward to joining other academic competitions now that I know I can do it.”

FBLA-PBL is the largest career student business organization in the world with more than 230,000 members. The organization seeks to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Their next stop is San Antonio, Texas in June where they will be competing on the national level.

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