Students from the Eccles School’s Phi Beta Lambda club had an excellent showing at the 2015 state competition.

The U.’s chapter of the club — which is basically the college version of Future Business Leaders of America — earned three chapter-wide honors: 1st place for Largest Increase in Chapter Membership and 2nd place for Largest Chapter Membership, Largest Percent Increase in Membership and Outstanding Chapter.

“Our students showed really well at the state competition,” said Alayna Willaimson, the group’s adviser, who also was named Outstanding Adviser for the year. “Even when a student didn’t place, the judges were really complimentary. The students did a good job and were impressive. They prepared really well.”

The competition does take work, but the lessons learned are worth it.

“You learn critical thinking skills and how to deliver an impromptu presentation well,” said David Sagae, a freshman in business management. “It helped me improve my analysis skills as well.”

His fellow club member, McKay Anderson, a sophomore in finance, added that “it forces you to act confident, even if you aren’t expecting a question.”

The competition also taught people skills.

“We’re all pretty Type A personalities, and you learn how to work with each other and execute your presentation,” said Caitlin Steed, a freshman in accounting.

The students all had praise for Williamson, who has been undergoing cancer treatment. Regardless, she would make herself available and provide the guidance the students needed.

“She’s been a great resource and really supportive,” said Noah Beery, a freshman in business administration.

Williamson said she was proud of how well the students shouldered responsibilities. The club hosted an FBLA event earlier this year, and the students had to run it the day of the competition because Will