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Southern Miss Students Earn Top Honors at National Conference

Date 7-17-06

Contact David Tisdale 601.266.4499


Hattiesburg—Two recent graduates of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Business Technology Education program earned recognition during competition against other students from across the nation and world at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) 2006 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., June 24-July 2.

Pamela Kay Scott of Yazoo City and Sky Thomas Kong of Waveland represented Mississippi and Southern Miss at the 55th annual conference, with Scott receiving first place in the Future Business Teacher competitive event and Thomas receiving fourth place.

The competition is part of a competitive events program sponsored annually by FBLA-PBL, an association for students pursuing business and business-related careers. Individuals, local chapters, and state teams compete in more than 40 events representing a range of leading edge business, career, and leadership development activities. The winners are selected from FBLA-PBL’s 250,000 members and have won state and regional competitions to qualify for the national awards program.

“I’m very proud of Pamela and Sky,” said Dr. Diane Fisher, assistant professor of business technology education and Phi Beta Lambda chapter advisor at Southern Miss. “This is the second time in three years that we’ve had a first place winner at the conference in the Future Business Teacher category, and I believe that speaks well of our program at Southern Miss.”

The 5,500 delegates to the conference elect national student officers and attend business and leadership workshops in addition to competing in business and career skill events.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Its 250,000 members and advisers in 15,000 chartered chapters include students from the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and Europe. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

To learn more about the Southern Miss Business Technology Education program, call 601.266.4666 or visit To learn more about FBLA-PBL, visit their Web site at or call (800) FBLA-WIN.

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Southern Miss FBLA winners are from left, Sky Thomas Kong, fourth place winner Future Business Teacher; center, Dr. Diane Fisher, Phi Beta Lambda Advisor; right, Pamela Kay Scott, first place winner Future Business Teacher.

July 17, 2006 1:56 PM

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