Mount Mercy SIFE students compete at nationals

Mount Mercy College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team are heading to the national competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 12 – 13. 

Mount Mercy’s SIFE advanced to the National competition after winning its thirteenth consecutive Regional Championship April 8 in Chicago, Ill, where they beat squads from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Toledo, Ohio, and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. 

The competition will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and includes an opening ceremony, career and internship fair, and special forums. The Mount Mercy team will compete at noon on May 12 against eight other teams in their bracket, including the University of Florida, Elmira College in New York, and Ferrum College in Virginia.

Mount Mercy’s SIFE presentation team members include senior Ashley Coon of Oxford Junction, Iowa, senior Patric Engelken of Center Point, Iowa, sophomore Hanna Hagedorn of Cedar Rapids, sophomore Adam Kaefring of Solon, Iowa, sophomore Zachery Kuntz of Ely, Iowa, sophomore Joshua Putz of Swisher, Iowa, and senior Cody Schmitz of Central City, Iowa. Team advisors and Sam M. Walton Fellows are Castle, Mount Mercy Business Department Chair Bob Walker, and Mount Mercy Marketing Lecturer Anne King.

Using multimedia technology, the SIFE team’s presentation will focus on the team’s extensive community service projects, encompassing everything from assisting city representatives with marketing strategies to implementing sustainability strategies with local businesses. Other service projects includ developing a seminar for middle and high school students on the dangers of “sexting” and participating in the team’s annual Advertising Campaign Competition. The team’s presentation will also include highlights of their continued work with flood relief, their involvement in campus-wide initiatives to educate students on financial management, and their efforts in packaging more than 400 meals for the Haitian people following the devastating earthquake.

SIFE, the largest student organization in the world, provides students the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of the free enterprise system.

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