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Jun 28
Ward takes third at national leadership conference


Kandace Ward, of North Platte, holds an award she received during the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday. Ward placed third in a Computer Applications competition.

Kandace Ward, of North Platte, placed third in Computer Applications during the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday. 

The honor was the icing on the cake for Ward, who had a string of success in PBL throughout the school year. 

She had qualified for nationals in April during a state PBL conference in Kearney. There, Ward placed second in Computer Applications and was fourth in both Business Communications and in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making. She finished sixth in Cost Accounting and in Accounting for Professionals. 

"I couldn't be more proud of Kandace's performance at the conference and of the young business professional she is becoming," said Cathy Nutt, co-sponsor of NPCC's PBL chapter. "She is a bright, level-headed young woman with a strong work ethic that will take her far." 

The 2017 National Leadership Conference that ran from Saturday through Tuesday drew thousands of future business leaders to compete, share success stories and learn career-shaping ideas through workshops and exhibits. 

The four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the Future Business Leaders of America-PBL experience - especially for those running for national office. 

Ward is no stranger to competing at the national level. Last year, she placed second in the Administrative Technology division during the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. 

During her time at NPCC, Ward held several offices in the PBL chapter, most recently president, and was actively involved in the organization's many fundraisers and educational opportunities. 

She graduated from the college in May with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business and an emphasis in Accounting and Business Administration. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​