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SIFE Team Claims Third Consecutive Regional Championship

Release Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The University of Charleston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team captured its third consecutive regional championship on Tues., March 27, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

“The performance by our students at regional competition was outstanding,” said UC SIFE advisor Briana Cicero-Johns. “This was the best presentation our team has ever given at competition and I’m very proud of how our presenters stepped up.”

UC SIFE completed 11 projects this year and presented on four: teaching financial literacy and donating new computers to the Brookside Family Life Center, working with Maggie’s Salsa on an environmental audit and to create a new trademark, mentoring over 50 students and upgrading facilities at the St. Albans Boys & Girls Club, and enhancing business strategies and assist in promotional efforts at Kelly’s Dance Studio.

UC was one of 25 teams at the regional competition in Charlotte and advanced out of League 2 to nationals along with UNC Charlotte. Other teams in League 2 included Claflin University, Methodist University and Mountain State University.

SIFE teams at colleges across the U.S. work throughout the year with businesses and organizations to improve their local communities and then prepare a 24-minute recap to present at regional competitions. The top teams from each region are chosen by a panel of judges and move on to compete at the SIFE Regional Expo May 22-24, in Kansas City, Mo.

UC was also recognized for being a part of “SIFE USA 4.0,” which awards exemplary teams for quality educational programs, success in SIFE and long-term sustainability to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others during the 2011-12 academic year.

Video from Tuesday’s competition can be viewed and embedded here: http://tinyurl.com/c5u5rk7 

Photos can be seen and downloaded for use here: http://tinyurl.com/7g4gles 

For more information about Students in Free Enterprise, visit www.SIFE.org. For more information about the SIFE national competition in Kansas City, go to http://www.sifeusa.org/events/national_exposition.

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