JCJC boasts 14 qualifiers for PBL national contest

The following is a news release from Jones County Junior College:

Eighteen Jones County Junior College members of Phi Beta Lambda headed to state competition in Natchez with a confidence like never before and came back to Ellisville big winners.  PBL sponsor and business instructor David Ray explained 14 students qualified for national competition, which is a great improvement over past years.

"We had a big increase in winners this year. Out of the 18 students that we took this year, 14 students qualified for nationals by receiving either 1st or 2nd place in their event.  Last year we took 10 students to state competition and only four qualified for national competition," said Ray.

Ray said part of the reason for this years' additional success may have to do with an increase in membership.

"We did a bigger push for recruitment this year and managed to increase the size of our PBL membership to over 40 members which is almost double our enrollment," explained Ray.

The JCJC team had ten students earning first place, six with second place honors and two third and fourth place award winners.

First place winners include: Jessica Townsend of Sumrall in Business Presentation; Frank Smith of  Petal in Computer Applications and Help Desk; Tim Benoit of Ellisville in Computer Concepts and Retail Management; Jessica Townsend in International Business; Quentin Jones of Hattiesburg in Job Interview; Michael Flexter of Sumrall in Network Concepts; the team of  Joshua Wolf of Petal, Kyle Brown of Raleigh and Michael Flexter in Network Design; and the team of Kelliesha Haralson of Quitman, Amy Chandler of Quitman, Shaterria Gray of Enterprise and Courtney Jones of the Orange Community won first place in Parliamentary Pro.

Second place winners include: BriAnna Cook of Neely in Business Communication and in Computer Applications; Kyle Brown in Cyber Security; Daniel Smith of Waynesboro in Database Design & Applications; Joshua Wolf in Help Desk; Cortez Smith of New Augusta in Justice Administration;

Third and fourth place honors went to Cortez Smith in Retail Management; the team of Daniel Smith and David Dennis of Mize in Web Site Design with Meredith Moseley of  Ellisville in Public Speaking.

The first and second place winners will compete in national competition in Anaheim, California in June.