High School Students shine at campus business conference

Release Date: 11/2/2006

Ozarks hosts business skills competition

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Nov. 2, 2006) -- Students from ten area high schools descended on the University of the Ozarks campus October 25 for a day devoted to the future of business -- including themselves.

The students competed in a variety of business skills, ranging from business communication to accounting to a variety of computer programming applications. Awards were given in an afternoon ceremony.

Ozarks students, drawing on their own experiences, urged the high schoolers to look ahead to competing on an even bigger stage.

"Competing at the state and national levels was an amazing way to improve my skills," said Shandy Russell, president of Ozarks' chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders), which co-sponsored the conference, in a speech to the conference participants. "You definitely bond with your teammates!"

Russell and Ozarks senior Alis Perdomo, president of the university's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) urged the high school students to continue their involvement in business competition in college.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about scholarships and other means of financing their college educations.

Ozarks student Jana Rossmaier remarked after the conference that her experience in Ozarks' business program has given her a leg up on finding a job after graduation.

"My professors are extremely helpful and knowlegable," remarked Rossmaier. "This kind of relationship is what I know will make all the difference in my business skill going into the competitive business world."

Ozarks hosts the business conference every year.