Business club cleans up at state competition

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Members of the CEU business club proved themselves to be the best in state at this year's PBL State Leadership Conference. The conference was held at the swanky Provo Mariott.

Competitors had the opportunity to pit themselves against students of Utah's colleges and universities in a variety of business-skill related competitions.

One winner in each event automatically qualifies to attend this year's National Leadership Conference, to be held in Denver, Colorado this July.

Although the stakes were high, the atmosphere at the conference was friendly and relaxed. Competitors got to mingle with students who shared their interest in the business world, and renew ties with friends from conferences past.

In addition to the competitions, conference attendees were treated to an exciting keynote speaker who set the tone for the conference by motivating aspiring business people to make their dreams come true.

CEU's delegation aspired to take first place in all events, and to send as many students as possible to nationals. A semester of studying hard in business classes and practicing presentations payed off in the end because six CEU students are now qualified to represent Utah at this year's leadership conference in Denver.

They are: Shanielle Howa, Melissa Liggett, Donald McCarty and Erik Falor who took 1st place in the Parliamentary Procedures event.

This is the second year that CEU has won this event and sent students to the national competition. Last year's team, composed of Howa, Falor, and former CEU Eagles Ashley Turner and Jenifer Jones took 4th place at the national competition in Dallas, Texas.

William Lanier took 1st in Impromptu Speaking, and will go to nationals. Rebecca Coster took 1st place in Public Speaking out of a field of 26 competetors. Falor will also represent Utah and CEU in the national C++ Programming event.

CEU's business club is pleased with this year's outcome, and is looking forward to another year of success for the 2004-05 school year. Anyone who is interested in competing and sharpening their skills is encouraged to join the business club. Members need not be business majors and all are encouraged to get involved.

"Winning this honor makes the year of hard work all worth it," commented McCarty.

The business club has worked hard to raise funds necessary to compete at the national conference. More fund-raisers are scheduled for the coming weeks, so come out and support your winning business club.

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