The Quincy High School class of 2016 can be proud of one of their classmates. Priscilla Castillo, daughter of Quincy residents Daniel and Zoella Castillo, recently completed her studies at Central Christian College of Kansas. At Central College, Priscilla was a business star in class and with the business club. With four years of club experience, Castillo represented the college at the National Leadership Conference of Phi Beta Lambda this summer.
PBL is a college-based club focusing on leadership and business skills. Competitions are held by state, region and nationally to determine the brightest and best equipped young professionals. Castillo is a multiple national award winner for Central, the McPherson, Kan.-based college affiliated with the Free Methodist Church.
The business minded Castillo enjoyed three years in the Quincy High School Deca Club. Under the direction of Elizabeth Averill, the Deca Club has been one of the most successful high school extracurricular groups for local students. “I would not have joined the college business club had I not been given the experience of Deca at Quincy High School,” Castillo said.
The story continues when Central Christian College professor Dr. David Ferrell connected the dots. He realized an alumnus of Central Christian College has a connection to Castillo. Three years ago Galen Golay and his family moved to Quincy. He is currently the Branch Managing Partner at Basin Pacific Insurance in town. The Quincy – McPherson parallel continued to the PBL business club. Golay was the chapter president of PBL at Central Christian College when he was a student almost 30 years ago. Winning the Wall Street Journal Award from the college, Golay has been an insurance underwriter and agent for over 20 years.
Now, Castillo is employed as the Executive Pastor of the Revolution Church in McPherson, Kan. “Central Christian gave me the education and the confidence I needed to be ready for this next step in my life,” Golay said. “The college experience was an important step in my development. For me, Central and small colleges like it build relationships that last a lifetime.”