Friday, April 3, 2009

Students in Free Enterprise Participate in Regional Competition

Tarrytown, NY — The Washington College Students in Free Enterprise (WC SIFE) team participated in its seventh SIFE Regional Competition in Tarrytown, New York. SIFE Regional Competitions afford qualified SIFE teams the opportunity to present the projects they have completed in the areas of market economics, entrepreneurship, personal success skills, financial literacy, business ethics, and environmental sustainability to a panel of judges. Eight of the twenty-five active members made the four-hour trek with sophomores Claire Bond, Michelle Moore, Josh Tex, and Liz Vares making the presentation, accompanied by sophomore media specialist Alketa Tanushi. Seniors Megan Jasion, Danielle Sica and Tori Weitzel helped out during the question and answer segment. The team came away from the competition with the Second Runner Up Award for their league.

This year's WC SIFE team has contributed over 550 hours to 18 projects, impacting over 900 people. The team continued successful projects such as the Career Expo and working closely with the Center for Career Development to host the Washington College Career Fair (which just had its fifth anniversary), as well as starting new projects helping people in Chestertown, Kent County, and Ghana. Students presented a budgeting workshop to participants of the Kent Family Center, and collected athletic shoes to help the Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation support Ghanaian villagers pursue environmentally sustainable farming techniques. In addition, in a project designed and proposed by the team, sixteen families from the Community Food Pantry will receive Earth Box® container systems and tomato plants so that they can supplement non-perishable food received from the Food Pantry with fresh vegetables they will grow themselves this summer. The WC SIFE team has partnered with a host of organizations to make these projects happen, including the Center for the Environment and Society, Master Gardeners, HomePorts, the Kent County Chamber of Commerce and S.C.O.R.E.

Students of all majors who want to make a measurable difference in the lives of people locally and globally are welcome to join anytime. Meetings are held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Daly 108. For more information, contact Megan Jasion, WC SIFE president, at

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