JCJC’s PBL students earn national awards

Written By: Teresa McCreery-David Ray
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-07-13 14:29:36

ELLISVILLE –Nine Jones County Junior College students attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Anaheim, California and returned with national honors.  Gabrielle Jones of Laurel placed 4th in the nation in Entrepreneurship Concepts, receiving a $200 cash award and trophy.
“This trip gave me memories with new friends that I will never forget. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that PBL provided,” said Jones.
Additionally, Dakota Shoemaker of Waynesboro placed 6th in the nation in Website Design. The network design team of Cayden Hill of Ellisville, Rachel McKean of Picayune, and Erica Murphy of Hattiesburg placed 9th in the nation. Kristina Pertuit of Poplarville placed 9th in the nation in Job Interview.
“I was very proud of our student’s accomplishments,” said JCJC PBL Adviser, David Ray.  “We had four top ten winners which is quite an accomplishment when you are competing against other first-place state winners from across the country. This is a testament to the hard work put forth by the students and their level of instruction here at Jones. These students worked hard to get to Anaheim and to watch their efforts pay off as they received recognition among about 1,000 of their peers is very rewarding.”
Also attending the national conference as an adviser was JCJC networking instructor, Mitch Dubose. He and Ray agree, “This group of students was one of their favorite groups in the eight years they’ve been taking students to national conferences. They all did a great job representing Jones County Junior College.”
Other students competing on the national level include Joseph Hollomon of Hattiesburg who competed in Sales Presentation.; Marcus Ferguson of Prentiss competed in Public Speaking; Dakota Shoemaker competed in Computer Programming; Kristina Pertuit competed in Impromptu Speaking; Erica Murphy and Rachel McKean competed in Business Presentation, and Cayden Hill and Krystina Saul of Sandersville competed in Network Concepts. Each of these nine JCJC students placed first or second in the state PBL conference and competition in March to qualify for the national competition in June.  


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