Phi Beta Lambda students nab 19 awards at states

York group heads to the windy city for national competition, June 24-27
Young man standing in the front of a table presentaing to a male and female

Pradynesh Bhoir, a Penn State York student and member of the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter at the campus, standing, practices for the national Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBLA) national competition in Chicago, Illinois.  Bhoir is one of 11 students who will compete June 24-27, 2022.

Credit: Barbara Dennis

YORK, Pa. — Eleven students in the Penn State York Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Chapter, and their adviser, Megan Lorenz, are headed to Chicago thanks to their performance at the 2022 Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBLA) state competition held in April. The group brought home 19 state awards, the highest number since they began competing in 2019. This is the fourth consecutive year that students brought home state awards and qualified to compete at nationals, this year being held in Chicago, June 24-27.

“It was a great moment to see Penn State York students winning state awards for their work, research, and professional skills during the PBL State Leadership Conference,” said Megan Lorenz, PBL adviser and lecturer in business administration at Penn State York. “Their work involves spending significant time outside the classroom, which doesn’t come with a grade earned in a course, it comes with their personal desire and passion for their own development, and that is truly remarkable,” she said.

To compete at nationals, students had to place first or second in a presentation event or first through third in an exam at the state competition.

State competition winners are:

1st Place – Accounting Principles
Justin Lin

1st Place – Business Decision-Making and Analysis
Guozilin Chen

1st Place – Business Ethics
Nakhaiya Jacobs and Sadrina Imam

1st Place – Computer Concepts
Ryan Dellinger

1st Place – Future Business Executive
Austin Albright

1st Place – Impromptu Speaking
Sadrina Imam

1st Place – Programming Concepts
Arya Samarth

1st Place – Sports Management and Marketing
Kyle Bruner

1st Place – Strategic Analysis and Decision Making
Pradynesh Bhoir

2nd Place – Accounting for Professionals
Caitlan Hevener

2nd Place - Business Ethics
Justin Lin

2nd Place – Computer Concepts
Aiden Smeltzer

2nd Place – Desktop Publishing
Victoria Huynh

2nd Place – Entrepreneurship Concepts
Ryan Dellinger

2nd Place – Project Management
Pradynesh Bhoir

2nd Place – Statistical Analysis
Austin Albright

3rd Place – Macroeconomics
Guozilin Chen

3rd Place – Marketing Concepts
Victoria Huynh

3rd Place – Website Design
Disha Ghosalker

Students continue to credit their success to the encouragement, support, hard work and dedication from their adviser, Megan Lorenz.

Ten of the 11 winners at states were part of the Graham Fellows Program at Penn State York. 

Since 2019, the first time the York PBL chapter competed, they have won 52 awards at the state level, including 24 first-place awards. At the national level, not including 2022, they have won 18 awards, including six first-place awards.

Lorenz and her students expressed gratitude for the support from the campus community and the funds for the trip from the Women’s Philanthropic Network, the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Student Activity Fee, the campus Student Government Association, the campus Honors Program, the Penn State York Academic Affairs office, and Harford Bank in Aberdeen, Maryland.