All five members received PBL Awards of Excellence at a ceremony held June 27, including senior CIT major James Price (LaVerkin, Utah) who finished second overall in the Computer Concepts category. Price also teamed with sophomore communication major John Holfetz (West Jordan, Utah) for a 10th-place showing in the Network Design competition. Holfetz and fellow sophomore communication major Breanna Mitchell (Herriman, Utah) combined to place second in the Hospitality Management event, followed by Cassidy Templeton, a sophomore communication major from Fruit Heights, Utah, who placed fourth overall in that event.
Additionally during the conference, recent CIT graduate Bryan Poulsen retired from his two-term position of PBL Western Region Vice President, and was recognized as a national “Who’s Who in PBL” award recipient.
“Our students represented Dixie State University, St. George and Utah very well at the 2014 conference,” said Poulsen, who also serves as DSU interim PBL adviser. “It was a great experience and I can’t fully express how proud I am of each of them.”
The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and listened to motivational keynote speakers on a broad range of business topics.