Southwestern Oklahoma State University
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SWOSU Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Conference


Five Southwestern Oklahoma State University students in Weatherford recently finished high in a national competition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda national leadership conference held in Atlanta (GA).

SWOSU students ranking in the top ten nationally in their respective events were:

  • Bailey Deutschendorf, Fairview, 8th in Business Decision Making (Team Event)
  • Emmaly Helt, Kingfisher, 8th in Business Decision Making (Team Event)
  • Cameron Page, Weatherford, 7th in Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Ben Sanders, Chickasha, 10th in Networking Concepts
  • Ryan Schmid, Weatherford, 10th in Financial Concepts

In addition to the five top ten finishers, four other SWOSU students qualified for the national competition: Shelby Crosley, Sierra Hopson, Cari Tatro and Sam Wollman.  These students qualified to attend nationals by placing first or second place at the state competition.

“These students deserve high praise.  The competition was very stiff, but they represented SWOSU and the state of Oklahoma very well,” said PBL Faculty Advisor Jonna Myers.  “This speaks highly of the caliber of students in the Everett Dobson School of Business and Technology.”

More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Atlanta to showcase their talents as future business leaders.  Approximately $94,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top performers.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students who are interested in joining PBL can contact Myers at