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Last week, Belmont Abbey was among 25 North Carolina colleges and universities to compete in the 63rd annual State Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda).  Winners were announced last Saturday at Hilton Charlotte University, and Belmont Abbey was among many of the top competitors.

Across 59 events, Belmont Abbey’s Cassidy Beverly and Jacob Miller finished 1st in Economic Analysis & Decision Making as well as Business Ethics, and Luke Glunt finished 1st in Sport Management and Marketing.  John “Jake” Glunt placed the Abbey in 2nd in Entrepreneurial Concepts and Accounting Principles, and Troy Gregor placed 2nd in Marketing Principles.

Other notable Abbey results are as follows:

  • 4th: Marilyn Malphrus—Business Communication
  • 4th: Luke Glunt—Financial Concepts
  • 4th: Misty Dorsey-Hart—Help Desk
  • 4th: Chandler Echols—Management Concepts
  • 5th: Troy Gregor & Taylor McEachern—Marketing Analysis & Decision Making.
  • 5th: Kendall Ratliff—Business Communications.
  • 6th: Peter Chapman—Computer Concepts.
  • 6th: Jahari Al-Matin and Chandler Echos—Hospitality Management.
  • 6th: Marilyn Malphrus—Sport Management & Marketing.

Abbey students finishing first or second in their category advance to Nationals in Anaheim, CA.  Faculty chapter advisor, Dr. Brad Frazier, responded, “I am so proud of the group.”  The team is further strengthened by members of the Abbey Business Leadership Institute directed by Dr. Hugh Sales.

Marilyn Malphrus was recognized for serving her second term as founding president of the Abbey’s, Phi Beta Lambda chapter.  The Abbey team dedicated their efforts to the memory of Dr. Frazier’s mother, Josie Geneva (Ray) Frazier, who died suddenly on Wednesday, on the eve of state competition.  Josie Frazier founded Top Line Business Service in her hometown of High Point (NC) and also taught special-needs students.

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