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OTC PBL Students Continue Winning Streak at State Conference

Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter scored another first place award in network design at the 2014 PBL State Conference and Competition, making this year the ninth consecutive year earning top honors in that category.

“I’m very proud of our students. They represented OTC very well,” said Jason Strickland, PBL advisor. “OTC enjoys a healthy rivalry with several other colleges and universities in the network design category. We look forward to starting the Coastal Pines Technical College winning streak next year.” 

Seven members of the Okefenokee Technical College Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Atlanta on April 11, 2014, for the PBL State Conference and Competition, which was held April 11 – 13, 2014, at the Westin Atlanta North Perimeter. The event theme was “Pursuing Excellence.”

They returned to Waycross victorious with three first-place awards. Those competing were Ryan Barker, Simon Cason, Emily Dailey, Corey Felmey, and Dominique Jackson, Tim Lemley, and LeAnna Thornton.

Thomas Hippchen, OTC math instructor, traveled with the group and assisted with the event. “Without a doubt OTC had outstanding representation from our student body,” commented Hippchen. “As a first time attendee, I was impressed with our students and the event.”

“I appreciate all the hard work and long hours the students applied toward preparing for their selected events,” stated Strickland. “Thomas Hippchen and I would like to thank entire college community for your support, especially the instructors who helped prepare students for competition.”

“Students from all areas of Georgia and from numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, compete at this conference,” stated OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “It is no accident when students perform well in their competitions. It is always a direct reflection of the faculty, advisors, and program instructors.”

According to Strickland, as each competition was completed, conference officials announced the winners and their respective technical college. Students were recognized if they placed in the top five in an event. The top five were called to the front to stand on risers, similar to that used at the Olympics. OTC had the following winners: Simon Cason, 1st place in information management; Team of Simon Cason and LeAnna Thornton, 1st place in network design; Tim Lemley, 1st place in mobile application development; and Dominique Jackson, 4th place in justice administration.

The OTC chapter did well, with three PBL members qualifying to compete at the national level this June in Nashville, Tennessee. Simon Cason, LeAnna Thornton, and Tim Lemley will compete again June 24-27 at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The four-day national conference is considered the pinnacle of the PBL experience.


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