Business students earn honor at PBL conference

School of Business

Several students from Northwestern State University’s School of Business successfully competed at the Phi Beta Lambda state leadership conference and will advance to the national competition in Anaheim, California, in June. Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America) is the premier student business organization in the world that helps members prepare for careers in business and business-related fields.

Katelyn Marchand of Gonzales earned first place in the categories of personal finance, cost accounting and accounting for professionals.

Ciara Gibbs of Slaughter earned second place in organizational behavior and leadership.

Taylor Poleman of Shreveport earned first placed in management concepts and accounting principles.

Julie Breaux of Gonzales earned second place in microeconomics and entrepreneurship.

The team of Breaux and Virginia Falgoust of Natchitoches earned first place in business decision making.

Falgoust also earned first place in sales presentation.

Michelle McIntyre of Bossier City earned first place in business communication, cyber security and desktop publishing.

Oscar Alan Thompson of Leesville earned first place in financial concepts and third place in retail management.

Maggie Harris of West Monroe earned first place in entrepreneurship and third place in accounting principles.

Sharonda Demars of Natchitoches earned second place in public speaking.

“This is an external validation that our students are outstanding and that our programs prepare them to be successful,” said Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of NSU’s College of Business and Technology. “We believe in providing a partnership between our students and faculty members giving students the opportunity to enhance and apply their knowledge and skills. Our students could not do what they do without the assistance and guidance of our faculty in the classroom. This is a win for all of us.”

Northwestern State University’s School of Business offers degree programs in accounting, business administration, computer information systems and hospitality management and tourism, as well as internship opportunities, articulation agreements and engagement with service and student organizations. For more information on NSU’s School of Business, visit