Students shine online at national event


A pre-pandemic group photo of the SCCC Phi Beta Lambda members, from left: Joel Obando, Pilar Cazares, Mariah Bahrns, sponsor Lisa Kennedy, and Cody Bradley.

Business students from Seward County Community College earned national honors at the Phi Beta Lambda 2020 Virtual National Leadership Experience!. The summer vacation did not deter Miriah Behrns or Cody Bradley from participating in the career-building event, said PBL sponsor Lisa Kennedy. As a business and marketing instructor at SCCC, Kennedy has been wowed by her students over the past two academic years.

“I’m so proud of them,” she posted. “Before the quarantine, the PBL team traveled to Emporia State for the 2020 Kansas PBL State Leadership Conference. Attending were SCCC PBL members Joel Obando, Pilar Cazares, Mariah Behrns (state vice-president), and Cody Bradley (state president). Kennedy posted reports of the club members’ success at the conference on the Phi Beta Lambda Facebook page.

Behrns and Bradley both went on to compete at the national event, where Behrns collected two awards: 2nd Business Decision Making, 9th Justice Administration. Bradley won two as well: 8th Economics Analysis & Decision Making, 9th Sales Presentation.

Phi Beta Lambda is one of more than 10 student organizations available to SCCC students. The business group facilitates opportunities for travel to state and national events, including — pre-pandemic — a visit to New York City. As sponsor, Kennedy provides guidance and oversight of fundraising efforts, which offset students’ personal costs to participate.

For more information about the SCCC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, email

Categories: Awards & Honors, Student Success


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