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Miami Dade College Students Again Win Big at Phi Beta Lambda’s 2011 National Competition

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Miami, July 8, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students have earned an impressive track record in Phi Beta Lambda’s (PBL) state and national competitions over the years. This year, 28 MDC students from the Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses won several awards in various categories, placing them high above strong competitors from top U.S. colleges and universities at PBL’s 2011 National Competition and Leadership Conference held in Orlando last month.    

In the competition, the students participated in various teams that performed tasks relevant to a business field, such as client service, fundraising, and project management. Kendall Campus’ Small Management Team has won four years in a row, and placed first in this year’s competition. The Computer Game Team from Kendall also defeated major engineering schools with its second place win this year. 

“Our students continue to amaze us with their dedication and expertise,” said Barbara Rosenthal, an MDC professor of business and PBL’s faculty advisor. PBL and its four-day national conference provides a resource for students to gain leadership experience, participate in motivational general sessions, professional development and career planning workshops, and intense competitive activities.    

The MDC student/team winners of the 2011 Phi Beta Lambda national competition are as follows: 

Kendall Campus:

1st Place: Small Business Management - Carlos Arguello, Giovanny Alfonso, and Jesus Martinez

2nd Place: Computer Gaming and Simulation - Jorge Paez, Gregory Vila, and Alex Windelburg

4th Place: Word Processing - Yasmin Yuen

5th Place: Free Enterprise Project - Giovanni Castro, Stephanie Hernandez, and Valentina Usquiano

5th Place: Emerging Business Issues - Gabriela Gonzalez, Giovanni Lugo, and Saul Millian

6th Place: Word Processing - Ana Mesa

7th Place: Client Service - Andy Rubio

8th Place: Community Service - Carlos Arguello, Paulina Casado, and Gabriel Crespo

8th Place: Digital Video Production - Yashi Christopher, Luis Oviedo, and Yasmin Yuen

9th Place: Business Decision Making - Horacio Aguirre, Octavio Alvarez, and Erich Betancourt

North Campus:

4th Place:  Impromptu Speaking - Giuseppe Longo

Wolfson Campus:

4th Place:  Accounting Procedures - Shawn Bari

8th Place:  Micro-Economics - Shawn Bari

9th Place:  Telecommunications - Shawn Wilson

For more information about MDC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapters, contact Barbara Rosenthal at 305-237-2458 or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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