Statistics add up for national honors

| September 18, 2012

Emily Cochran ’14 placed 10th in the nation in the statistical analysis competition at the National Leadership Conference.

Emily Cochran ’14 recently placed 10th in a nationwide competition sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda. More than 1,700 college students attended and competed in various categories at PBL’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio this summer.

Cochran’s category was statistical analysis. She scored the second highest in a statewide contest last spring to qualify for the national event.

Cochran is majoring in math with a minor in business. She was able to advance to the national level thanks to the “amazing Dr. Bessie Kirkwood,” one of her math professors at Sweet Briar, who makes sure every student truly understands statistics, she said.

Phi Beta Lambda, the college and university division of the Future Business Leaders of America, holds state-level competitions each spring to test students’ business knowledge and skills in a broad range of career-related areas. First- and second-place winners are eligible to compete at the annual National Leadership Conference.

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