Durham Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda receives 17 awards at state conference



Left to right: Tyler Kempton, LaTonya Steele, Emilia Arrington, Eric Eales, Betina Huntwork, Christopher McDuff, Michele Parrish, Christopher Kenestrick

Six students and two advisors, along with over 300 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student and professional division members, took part in the 2017 NC PBL State Leadership Conference (SLC) on April 6-8 in Charlotte, NC. Students attended workshops, general sessions including the keynote address from former NC PBL state presidents, and networked with other members and professionals. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)-PBL is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with Legacy of Leadership as the theme.  A highlight of the conference was the Awards Ceremony where our students took the stage for 17 individual awards including:

1st place 

  • Help Desk – Christopher McDuff
  • Network Design – Christopher Kenestrick and Christopher McDuff
  • Networking Concepts – Eric Eales

2nd place 

  • Client Services – Emilia Arrington
  • Cyber Security –  Eric Eales

3rd place

  • Management Concepts – Betina Huntwork
  • Networking Concepts – Tyler Kempton
  • Retail Management – Emilia Arrington

4th place 

  • Computer Concepts – Tyler Kempton
  • Cyber Security – Christopher Kenestrick

5th place 

  • Marketing Concepts – Betina Huntwork

Who’s Who in NC PBL

  • Christopher McDuff
  • Betina Huntwork

Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP) 

  • Director Level – Emilia Arrington and Kim Green
  • President Level – Christopher McDuff and Betina Huntwork

Leadership Development Award for attendance at 4 workshops:

  • Emilia Arrington
  • Eric Eales
  • Betina Huntwork
  • Tyler Kempton
  • Christopher Kenestrick
  • Christopher McDuff

Chapter awards:

  • Received The Legacy Leadership Award (TLLA – formerly the Terry Lowrance Leadership award) for being an outstanding chapter.
  • 5th place – Largest Chapter Affiliation NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation
  • Recognition for being a Gold Star Chapter
  • Recognition for maintaining or increasing membership
  • Recognition for designing the 2016-17 NC PBL state pin
  • Recognition for recruitment of five of more NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation members
  • Recognition for contributions to the NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation General Fund (in honor of Janice Kerber, former Durham Tech PBL adviser) and the Scholarship Fund (in honor of Dr. Bill Ingram, Durham Tech President)

All chapter members took part in a roller coaster skit at the opening session.

Emilia Arrington and Christopher Kenestrick, both Navy veterans, carried the American and NC flags, for the presentation of colors at the general session.

All six students will be representing Durham Tech PBL and NC PBL at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, CA in June. Members will be continuing to raise funds for NLC.  Upcoming fundraisers include Durham Bulls ticket vouchers, Belk Charity Day tickets, California Pizza Kitchen and Chickfila.  Additionally students will be participating in the Triangle March of Dimes walk in late April.