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OTC PBL Students WOW the Competition

Eighteen members of Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Atlanta on April 8, 2010, for the PBL State Conference and Competition, which was held April 9 - 11, 2010, at the Westin Atlanta North Perimeter. They returned to Waycross jubilant, with 20 awards. Those competing included Jared Bartlett, Akino Brown, Diane Cannon, Octavious Clark, Amber Davis, Bill Hand, Elizabeth Velez-Hill, Rodney Hooks, Bobby McGhee, Jan Prescott, Brian Sapp, Lacey Shackleford, Lori Ann Smith, Jack Tuten, Amanda Wilds, Alvin Wilson, Jacqueline Wallace, and Cliff Van Wyck.

“Christine and I are so proud of the representation OTC had at the conference,” stated Braddock, OTC PBL co-advisor. “We appreciate all the hard work and long hours each student applied toward preparing for his/her selected events. Without a doubt OTC won more student event awards than any other college represented.” Braddock and Christine Whitley traveled with the group and helped prepare them for competition. PBL State Participants

According to Braddock, everyone there could pronounce Okefenokee before the weekend ended. As each competition was competed, officials called out the winners and their respective technical college. OTC had the following winners: Jared Bartlett placed 1st in Network Design and 5th in Computer Concepts; Akino Brown placed 1st in Impromptu Speaking; Diane Cannon placed 1st place in Digital Video Production; Octavious Clark placed 1st in Digital Video Production and 4th in Computer Applications; Amanda Davis placed 3rd in Digital Video Production; Bill Hand placed 1st in Information Management and 2nd in Computer Concepts; Elizabeth Velez-Hill placed 1st in Job Interview; Rodney Hooks placed 2nd in Public Speaking and 3rd in Job Interview; Bobby McGhee placed 3rd in Justice Administration; Jan Prescott placed 2nd in Job Interview and Justice Administration; Brian Sapp placed 3rd in Network Design; Lacey Shackleford placed 1st in Digital Video Production and 5th in Justice Administration; Lori Ann Smith placed 4th in Sales Presentation; Jack Tuten placed 3rd in Network Design and 4th in Computer Concepts; Amanda Wilds placed 3rd in Digital Video Production; Alvin Wilson placed 1st in Justice Administration; and Cliff Van Wyck placed 1st in Network Design and Cyber Security.

Approximately 200 students from all areas of Georgia competed. OTC’s chapter did extremely well, with thirteen PBL members qualifying to compete at the national level this July in Nashville, Tennessee. Students earned seven 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, four 3rd place awards, three 4th place awards, and two 5th place awards.

OTC PBL advisors Braddock and Whitley are also proud to announce that Elizabeth Velez-Hill, a student in the OTC accounting program, was elected by Georgia PBL members as a state PBL officer. Valez-Hill and her advisor, Ms. Marcia Braddock, will attend the first PBL state executive board meeting later this month in Warner Robins.

All eighteen members of Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter took a moment to pose for a photo before boarding the OTC van for Atlanta to represent OTC in PBL competition: Elizabeth Velez-Hill (Front Row, L to R), Amanda Wilds, Diane Cannon, Lacey Shackleford, Lori Ann Smith, Cliff Van Wyck (Back Row, L to R), PBL Advisor Marcia Braddock, Bobby McGee, Rodney Hooks, Jacqueline Wallace, Jack Tuten, Amber Davis, Jan Prescott, Alvin Wilson, Octavious Clark, Jared Bartlett, Bill Hand, PBL Advisor Christine Whitley, Brian Sapp (Kneeling, L to R) and Akino Brown.


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