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Three Longwood students win honors in statewide business competition

April 16, 2012

Longwood students Brandon Readus (left), Candice Owens and Dan Hughes received honors in statewide business leadership competition Longwood students Brandon Readus (left), Candice Owens and Dan Hughes received honors in statewide business leadership competition.

Two Longwood University students won first-place honors and another Longwood student placed third in a statewide business leadership competition.

Sponsored by the Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America, the competition took place March 31 in Richmond. The two first-place winners from Longwood will go on to compete in Phi Beta Lambda's national competition set for June 24-27 in San Antonio.

Dan Hughes, a junior accounting and finance major from Manassas, took top honors in two categories, Future Business Executive and Job Interview, and was the only student selected to Who's Who in Virginia Phi Beta Lambda. Brandon Readus, a junior liberal studies-elementary education major from Surry, took top honors in Hospitality Management.

Both of the categories in which Hughes competed consisted of job-interview situations. Readus' category consisted of a multiple-choice test and the presentation of a case study. Hughes and Readus were also first-place winners at last year's state conference.

"We are very proud of this outstanding performance by these students, and we wish them well at the national conference," said Cheryl Davis, senior lecturer of business education, management and computer information management systems, who is the adviser for Longwood's Phi Beta Lambda chapter.

Longwood's other winner at the state competition was Candice Owens, a junior accounting major from Water View in Middlesex County. She placed third in International Business, which consisted of a multiple-choice test. Owens served as president of Virginia Phi Beta Lambda during 2011-12 and received the organization's only scholarship at last year's conference.

Longwood is home to one of 15 Phi Beta Lambda chapters in Virginia. Phi Beta Lambda is the oldest and largest student business organization in the world.