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SIFE finishes third in national competition

Oct 4, 2011
by Staff

The Flagler College Students In Free Enterprise team [SIFE] advanced to the final four and finished as second runner-up at the 2011 SIFE USA National Exposition in May.

This year’s champion was Texas State University – San Marcos. First runner-up was Drury University, and Syracuse University finished as third runner-up.

More than 170 teams competed at the national competition after moving on from 12 regional competitions this spring.

Emily Marcellus, president of Flagler SIFE, said this year’s theme for the competition was “To Empower the People in Hastings to Empower Themselves.”

“This year, our goal was to bring the town of Hastings back to life socially, economically and environmentally,” Marcellus said.

The team has been working on several projects this year including Opportunities Unlimited, Conservation Cadets and Containers for a Cause. The containers project is a shipping container the team renovated into a living space.

Flagler SIFE has competed in the final four several times before. The group won the national title in 2004 and 2009, and came in second in the world in 2005. Worldwide, SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial skills and business ethics.

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