Emily Cochran ’14 and Katie Drake ’14 recently placed second in a statewide competition sponsored by Virginia Phi Beta Lambda. Cochran scored second highest in the state on a statistical analysis test, while Drake was second on a financial concepts test.
Phi Beta Lambda, the college and university division of the Future Business Leaders of America, holds state-level competitions annually to test students’ business knowledge and skills in a broad range of career-related areas. The tests were conducted online in March, in advance of the State Leadership Conferences in early April. First- and second-place winners are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in June.
Drake, a business major, said she enjoyed her finance class with assistant professor of business Tom Scott last semester and naturally gravitated to the subject when she was deciding which exam to take in the competition. Keeping the concepts fresh in her mind was the key to success.
“I have used the concepts and ideas in other upper-level financial-rooted business classes, so I was sure that I knew the information,” Drake said.
Cochran is a math major and business minor who credits the “amazing Dr. Bessie Kirkwood” for her performance on the statistical analysis test. Kirkwood, a professor of mathematical sciences, strives to ensure every student truly understands statistics, she said.
“That allowed me to do as well as I did,” Cochran said.
Both students plan to compete at the national level and attend the conference June 24-27 in San Antonio.
Beyond what she learns from the leadership workshops, Cochran looks forward to the “opportunity to network with some incredible people and to promote Sweet Briar as a competitive women’s college.”
Contact: Jennifer McManamay