11 MGCCC students win at state Phi Beta Lambda competition

Eleven Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students won at the 2014 Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, held March 26-18 at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.  Six MGCCC students won first place and five were second or third place winners.

Postsecondary winners include Monica Dedeaux of Perkinston, Grace Garner of St. Martin and Tracey Lewis of Kearney, Nebraska, first place, Community Services Project (team); Kaitlyn Love of D’Iberville, first place, Personal Finance; Tyler Johnson of Saucier and Alyssa Miller of St. Martin, first place, Website Design (team); Grace Garner of St. Martin, second place, Marketing Concepts; Isaiah Brunet of Ocean Springs, second place, Personal Finance; Tyler Johnson of Saucier, third place, Information Management; Alyssa Miller of St. Martin, third place, Organizational Behavior/Leadership; and Monica Dedeaux of Perkinston, third place, Public Speaking.

Hundreds of university and community college students from around the state participated in the annual conference to network with fellow students, learn new ideas about shaping their career, and compete in over fifty business and leadership specific competitive events individually and in teams. Top performing students in each event are eligible to represent Mississippi at the National Leadership Conference that will be held  in Nashville, Tenn. on June 24-27.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.