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Business Students Win 24 State Awards

Future Business leaders of America Members Head to Nationals

May 15, 2013

Six members of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda club took first-place honors at the recent State Business Leadership Conference in Ontario.

The team brought home 24 medals overall, and 15 team members will be competing June 22-25 at the national competition in Anaheim.

Yvonne Nguyen of Norwalk and Jonathan Vu of Garden Grove won first place in two categories—human resource management and small business management plan. Both will be competing again in those categories at the national competition. Nguyen also won first place in marketing concepts, second place in word processing and third place in the business presentation categories. In addition to his first-place wins, Vu also finished third in business presentation.

Also competing at nationals, and how they fared at the statewide contest, are:

  • Christine Cabotaje of Perris — first place in marketing analysis and decisions, and second place in marketing concepts
  • David Hwang of Yorba Linda — first place in information management and fourth place in justice administration
  • Kevin McNulty of Garden Grove — first place in project management
  • Brianna Ayala of Whittier and Julie Pham of Fullerton— second place in the integrated marketing campaign; Pham also won second place in management concepts
  • Ravin Kalugampitiya of Costa Mesa and Kasra Khalilifar of Fullerton — second place in economic analysis and decision making
  • Tiffany Perez of West Covina — second place in business communication
  • Mai Vy Nguyen of Stanton — second place in the integrated marketing campaign
  • Robin Parisi of Walnut, Stephanie Mendoza of Diamond Bar and Alicia Vallejo of Chino Hills — fourth place in business ethics
  • Minh Ngoc Nguyen of Garden Grove — fifth place in hospitality management

Also at the state competition, Shastina Sarkhosh of Irvine took first place in the sales presentation; Uting Hsu of Diamond Bar finished fourth in telecommunications; and Molly Chien of Fullerton finished in fifth place in retail management. (The trio will not compete at nationals.)

The competitive events included case-study presentations before judges and exams testing contestants' knowledge in nearly two dozen disciplines, from finance and international business to retail management and cyber security.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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