Apr 21, 2009

SHRM Liberty Blue sweeps regionals, heads to nationals

by Jordan LoSasso

Liberty Blue past its competition in the final round of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) regional competition to capture first place in the 28 team tournament.

The Virginia Human Resource Games follows a Jeopardy format with seven preliminary rounds, one semi-final and one final round.

Jordan McLaughlin, team captain Louis Lolli and Jonathan Mills participated for the Liberty Blue team, and they went undefeated in the competition. The victories clinched a spot in the semi-final rounds for Liberty Blue. Teams must finish in the top four to advance in the competition. The other two teams that participated for Liberty finished the preliminary rounds in 5th and 6th place.

Liberty Blue faced Peace College in the semi-finals, which consists of two rounds. After the first round Liberty’s advantage was 3500 points, and they extended the lead to 5300 at the conclusion of the second round.
In the final round, Liberty Blue faced UNC Wilmington. It was a rematch of a preliminary round matchup that Liberty won by 2000 points.

UNC Wilmington answered the first six questions correctly, taking a 2600-point lead. Liberty was able to capitalize on UNC Wilmington’s two wrong answers to spark a comeback. Liberty Blue secured the win, 4300-3500.

McLaughlin, Lolli and Mills were awarded with $500 scholarships and $5500 for travel expenses to New Orleans, La. to attend the national SHRM conference in June.

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