JCJC Student places high in national competition

Written By: Cassidi Bush
Email Address: kelly.atwood@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-08-06 15:21:30

     A Jones County Junior College student placed 8th in the nation at the Phi Beta Lambda Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Recent graduate Amber Wilson of Petal went through two rounds of the impromptu speaking competition in order to snag the prize. 

     She explained that the speech topics ranged from college retention rates to the global spread of education.  Wilson prepared by reading books and memorizing business related quotes.  She said that being from Mississippi helped to make her a comfortable speaker.

     “It’s much more enjoyable to speak to someone instead of at someone,” said Wilson.  “I think our front porch mentality really pays off.”

     In order to attend the national conference, students must place first or second in the state contest.  Besides Wilson, three other JCJC students took the trip, along with JCJC instructors David Ray, Mitch Dubose and Elaine Eavenson.  They competed in various competitions including Accounting, Economics, Computer Concepts, Networking Concepts and Cyber Security.

     While in Texas, the group toured Rackspace, a national leader in cloud computing, which competes with companies like Amazon and Google.  Ray explained that the students were very impressed and one even sent his resume to the company.

     “Joining PBL is a great opportunity for students because it allows them to meet other students here and around the nation,” said Ray. 

     PBL is the college version of high school’s Future Business Leaders of America.  Students of all majors participate in a variety of campus events throughout the year.  Ray said that there is plenty of fun in store for next year as the national conference will be in Anaheim, California.


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