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Midland PBL Students Earn Awards at State Leadership Conference 


A group of Midland University PBL (Professional Business Leader) students brought home some hardware from the Nebraska PBL State Leadership Conference on April 10-11 in Kearney.

Students competed in multiple events with other PBL members from institutions across the state. The competitive events covered a wide range of business-related subjects and included objective exams and performance and production events.

Six students from Midland participated, and each brought home at least one top-five finish. All six students qualified for the PBL National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 24-27 in Chicago. “I’m so proud of our Midland University business students,” said Rita Bristol, Associate Professor of Business at Midland and PBL advisor. “I want to thank all of the business professors for their impact in preparing our students for this type of competition. I am confident they will represent well at the next level.”

Bridget Praest and Riley Herring teamed up for two first-place finishes. The duo took the top spot in Marketing Analysis & Decision Making as well as Desktop Publishing. Individually, Herring placed first in Public Speaking and Small Business Management Plan. Herring was also elected as the Nebraska PBL State Officer Vice President of Communications for the 2022-23 school year.

Scott Tatum earned second-place finishes in Hospitality Management and Sales Presentation, while Piper Rasmussen took second in Insurance Concepts. Kayla Flanigan finished third in Project Management and fourth in Networking Concepts, while Burt Brandt was fifth in Networking Concepts.

The entire Midland team was recognized with the Gold Level PBL Excellence Award.

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