SIFE competes at nationals

June 4, 2014

sifeA second trip to national competition convinced Bryan’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Team members they are developing skills to compete at the highest levels as they pursue the organization’s goals to create economic opportunities in their communities.

Bryan’s SIFE team Six SIFE members, accompanied by Dr. Adina Scruggs, attended the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., the week of May 21, and particularly impressed judges with the international component of their presentation.

Team members James Folsom, Will Tholken, Laura Maye, Kelly Miller, Nicole Thomas and Anna LiCausi gave a 30-minute presentation to judges emphasizing “The Three E’s” – Environmental Sustainability, Education, and Entrepreneurship, their focus for the past year. They pointed out how they had worked with Gethsemane International, Inc., an organization that ministers to Kenyan orphans, to develop an e-commerce online store for distribution of Kenyan crafts. In addition, they described their efforts to teach freshmen and sophomores at Rhea County High School about the importance of education in getting a job to pay for life’s necessities, and to teach fellow Bryan students about financial planning. They also explained their ongoing recycling efforts on the Bryan campus.

Dr. Scruggs said the Bryan team competed in its division against team from Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and six other teams. The competition ultimately was won by Belmont University. “They felt like they improved significantly from last year,” she said.

In addition to their competition, students were able to participate in a job fair with companies seeking to fill immediate openings. “They felt very well prepared for those interviews,” Dr. Scruggs said.

She added that incoming President Anna LiCausi is seeking to build on this experience and broaden the outreach of the group to involve more students from a variety of majors who are interested in business.