JCJC’s PBL students earn national awards

Written By: Teresa McCreery & David Ray contributing
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-07-03 16:36:16

ELLISVILLE –Eleven Jones County Junior College students attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland with more than half placing in the top ten of the national PBL competitions. Three students just missed winning top honors but are extremely thrilled with capturing second place at a national competition. Laura Rau of Petal placed second in the nation in Client Services, receiving a $200 cash award and trophy. The network design team of Dustin Coats of Pascagoula, Brett Denson of Petal, and John Kohnke of Purvis placed second in the nation, taking home a $400 cash award and trophies. In the Administrative Technology contest, Daniel Easley of Laurel placed second in the nation, receiving a $200 cash award and trophy.
“This trip was full of many new and incredible opportunities for PBL club members. It helped us grow closer as a PBL family, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity,” said Easley.
Additionally, Easley placed tenth in the nation in Computer Applications. Erica Murphy of Hattiesburg also earned two national trophies by placing sixth in the nation in Project Management and eighth in the nation in Programming Concepts.
“I was very proud of our student’s accomplishments,” said JCJC PBL Adviser, David Ray. “We had seven, top 10 winners which is the best our club has done in the 10 years I’ve been the advisor. This is a testament to the hard work put forth by the students and their level of instruction at Jones. These students worked hard to get to Baltimore and to watch their efforts pay off as they received recognition among 9,000 of their peers is very rewarding.”
Also attending the national conference as an adviser was JCJC networking instructor, Mitch Dubose. He and Ray agree, “These students were one of our favorite groups in the 10 years we’ve been attending national competitions and conferences. They all did a great job representing Jones County Junior College.”
All of the 11 JCJC students attending the national competition and conference placed first or second at the state PBL conference and competition in February to qualify for the national competition in June. Besides the six placing in the top-10 in the national competition, Tyler Rouse of Lucedale competed in the Business Decision Making category. Melissa (Camille) Hankins of Laurel competed in Management Concepts and Marketing Concepts.  Donavan Rome of Petal competed in Programming Concepts. Grant Valverde of Enterprise competed in Network Concepts, and Landon Williams of Waynesboro competed in Public Speaking.


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