Jones College PBL students head to national competition


ELLISVILLE- All nine of the Jones College students that competed in the Phi Beta Lambda business club’s State competition in Columbus, Mississippi, came home as winners.  These students placed first, second, or third in their competitive events which qualified them for national competition in June, in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the three-day conference, each student competed in two business-related events. The events ranged from accounting principles and entrepreneurship concepts to computer programming and network design.

“Five of the students will be going to the four-day national conference and competition in Salt Lake City,” said Jones College’s PBL Advisor, David Ray.  “This group is smaller than we normally take to nationals, but each of these five students has a lot of potential to place nationally.”

Jessica Berry of Bassfield earned first place honors in Cybersecurity and third place in Personal Finance. Sumrall’s Chandler Cooksey placed second in Impromptu Speaking.  Madison Magee of Petal placed second in Computer Concepts. The team of Chandler Cooksey and Madison Magee also took home second place in the Emerging Business Issues team competition.  Leakesville’s Alex Henderson took home second place in Contemporary Sports Issues and third place in Programming Concepts.  Jordan Hetrick of Hattiesburg landed in second place in Network Design and third place in Networking Concepts. Waynesboro’s Emily Crist received third place in Personal Finance and fourth place in Administrative Technology. Krutic Desai of Hattiesburg placed third in Management Concepts. Laurel native, Wali Haqq placed third in Computer Concepts and fourth in Programming Concepts.