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Five Longwood students achieve honors at Virginia Phi Beta Lambda conference

April 15, 2011

Longwood students who returned with honors from the Virginia Phi Beta Lambda state conference were (from left) Brandon Readus, Kathryn Wright, Daniel Hughes, Anthony Yacoviello and Candice Owens. Longwood students who returned with honors from the Virginia Phi Beta Lambda state conference

Five Longwood University students who recently attended the state conference of a student business organization returned home with honors.

Daniel Hughes, Brandon Readus and Anthony Yacoviello were first place winners in competitive events at the Virginia Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference, April 2 in Richmond. Candice Owens received the organization's only annual scholarship and was elected its president. All first and second place winners are eligible to compete in the national conference June 23-26 in Orlando.

"We are very proud of the outstanding performance by these students, and we wish them well at the National Phi Beta Lambda Conference," said Cheryl Davis, senior lecturer of business education, management and computer information management systems, who is the adviser for Longwood's PBL chapter.

Longwood is home to one of the 15 PBL chapters in Virginia. PBL is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of American and is the oldest and largest student business organization in the world. The events in which four of the Longwood students competed are part of the conference's Competitive Events Program, in which members "demonstrate and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills and knowledge," says the Virginia PBL web site.

Hughes, a sophomore accounting and finance major from Manassas, won the Business Presentations competition. "You had to develop a presentation aimed at college seniors to help them with the job search process, then give the presentation in front of the judges," said Hughes, who is parliamentarian of the PBL chapter, treasurer of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board in the College of Business & Economics and the Accounting Association. "I had prepared and rehearsed the presentation, which couldn't be more than seven minutes, ahead of time. I'll give the same presentation at the national conference."

Brandon Readus, a junior liberal studies-elementary education major from Surry, won the Retail Management competition, which consisted of a 100-question multiple choice test. "The test covered everything a retail manager would do so," said Readus, treasurer of the PBL chapter and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Black Student Association.

Anthony Yacoviello, a freshman business administration major from Midlothian, won the Computer Applications competition, which consisted of a 100-question multiple choice test and a two-hour production test. "You had to make different spread sheets and databases, make a template, make a slide show," said Yacoviello.

Candice Owens, a sophomore accounting major from the Water View area in Middlesex County, received the Mary B. McGinty Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes a member who "possesses qualities of outstanding leadership ability," and was elected president of Virginia Phi Beta Lambda. Her term began immediately and runs through the next conference of Virginia Phi Beta Lambda in April 2012. She will preside over the Virginia delegation at the national conference in June. Owens is president of Longwood's PBL chapter and a member of the Cormier Honors College, the Dean's Student Advisory Board in the College of Business & Economics, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.