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MDC Students Among Winners at Phi Beta Lambda’s 2012 State Leadership Competition


Miami Dade College/Phi Beta Lambda student members at the recent state leadership conference in Tampa.

Miami, April 16, 2012 - 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, more than 400 MDC students from the Kendall, North and InterAmerican campuses won several awards in various categories, placing them high above strong competitors from top U.S. colleges and universities at PBL’s 2012 State Leadership Conference held in Tampa last month.  

In the competition, the students participated on various teams that performed tasks relevant to a business field, such as client service, fundraising, and project management. “Our students continue to amaze us with their dedication and expertise,” said Barbara Rosenthal, an MDC professor of business and PBL’s faculty advisor.

Held annually, both the state and national conferences provides a resource for students to gain leadership experience, participate in motivational general sessions, professional development and career planning workshops, and intense competitive activities.

Several of MDC’s top winners in this year’s state competition will go on to represent Florida and compete at the 2012 PBL National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas to be held June 24–27. 

Here’s a brief list of the top MDC student/team winners who earned awards plus cash prizes during the 2012 Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference: 

Kendall Campus (First Place):
Accounting for Professionals – Zi Zhang
Financial Analysis – Octavio Alvarez and Michael Rivera
Free Enterprise – Daniel Cabrera and Gabriel Crespo
Impromptu Speaking - Stephanie Hernandez
Integrated MarketingAlyssa Gutierrez, Matthew Stephens, and Anabel Fernandez
Small Business Management – Andrew Gonzalez, Kattie Robleto, and Gustavo Pacheco
Strategic Analysis – Carlos Canales
Website DevelopmentMauricio Ramirez

Kendall Campus (Second Place):
Accounting for ProfessionalsMauricio Ramirez
Client ServicesGabriel Crespo
Community ServiceGustavo Caicedo, Gabriela Reyes, and Alyssa Gutierrez
Economic Analysis - Isabel Antezana, Celynne Alvarez, and Christine Gonzalez
Help DeskAndy Rubio
Statistical AnalysisNicholas Lucas
Strategic Analysis - Ana del Rio, Nicholas Lucas, and Aaron Bengochea

InterAmerican Campus (Various):
HR Management (1st Place) – Ari Peňa
Strategic Analysis and Decision Making (1st Place)Julienne Herrera
Macroeconomics (2nd Place) – Peter Casalvilla
Future Business Teacher (3rd Place)Samuel Marsán
Microeconomics (3rd Place) – Peter Casalvilla
Sales Presentation (3rd Place)Amalia Mariaca 

North Campus (Second Place):
Business Decision Making Team Performance EventMoriah Bryan, Yaqueline Duran, and Annelys Hessing
Strategic Analysis and Decision Making Team Performance Event – Miller Cherenfant and Joel Figueras 

Wolfson Campus (Various):
Business Communications (1st Place): Patricia Belfort
Future Business Executive (2nd Place): Cletus Kyaatuur
Job Interview (2nd Place): Patricia Belfort
Telecommunications (2nd Place): Hasmaik Estevez
Business Ethics Team (4th Place): Elizabeth Montoya, Thomas Fancello, and Michael Millard
Help Desk (4th Place): Carlos Chiguicallata 
Accounting Principles (5th Place): Cletus Kyaatuur
Client Service (5th Place): Demian Perelmuter
International Business (5th Place): Patricia Belfort
Marketing Analysis & Decision Making Team (5th Place): Alessandra Paez and Natalia Paipilla 

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
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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