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SIFE takes second place

Sep 21, 2012
by Staff

The Flagler College Students In Free Enterprise team (SIFE) finished second at the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition in May, losing out to Belmont University. The other final four teams included Brigham Young University-Hawaii and Valdosta State University.

More than 180 teams competed at the national competition after moving on from 12 regional competitions this spring. Schools competing included Carnegie Mellon University, Elon University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Loyola University Chicago, Syracuse University, The University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of North Florida and the University of Notre Dame.

Flagler SIFE also finished in first place for a $5,000 Sam’s Club Step Up For Small Business award for its Meals on Wheels initiative, as well as third place for an American Enterprise Grant finish for its effort with the Black Heritage Xperience, a group trying to educate others about black history in St. Johns County.

The team worked on several projects this year including with youth offenders from the St. Johns Youth Academy at the Haven Horse Ranch in St. Augustine, as well as finishing in the top 10 of Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest for its work with Jacksonville’s Veterans Farm.

“Get on the Shelf” was a contest in which the public voted for products for a chance to be carried by Walmart. The competition received more than 4,000 entries generating more than 1.1 million votes.

Together with Jacksonville’s Veterans Farm, which teaches disabled combat veterans skills to help them overcome their physical and mental barriers, and Dr. Datil Food Products, Flagler SIFE students helped redesign the product label for Veteran’s Farm Datil Salt, produced a commercial and developed a campaign for the competition.

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