Cedarville University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team made school history this spring by placing first runner-up in their league at the SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo. From left to right, the team members are Greg Hamilton (Clinton Township, Mich.), Bethany Johnessee (Frewsburg, N.Y.), Jonathan Begg (Walton Hills, Ohio), Leah Robertson (East Liverpool, Ohio), Andrew Koury (Simpsonville, S.C.), Joan Gardner (Linden, Mich.), Aaron Sattler (Warminster, Pa.), Bethany Streitmatter (Rensselaer, Ind.), and Ryan Dunlap (Pottstown, Pa.).
Photo credit: Scott Indermaur Photography
by Public Relations Office
September 29, 2004
Cedarville, OhioCedarville University`s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team made school history this spring by placing first runner-up in their league at the SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo. This is the highest recognition yet for a Cedarville SIFE team.
"As the Sam Walton Fellow for the Cedarville chapter of SIFE, I am so proud of the team`s accomplishments this past academic year," said John LeBlanc, SIFE chapter advisor. "This year`s team consisted entirely of students who were new to the SIFE experience. I am looking forward to working with the team this coming year on even more exciting activities to promote Cedarville and the free enterprise system."
SIFE provides students the opportunity to learn, practice, and teach the principles of free enterprise. In doing so, the students develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills while helping their community.
At the national exposition, Cedarville`s SIFE team presented all the work they had done in practicing and teaching free enterprise principles. For example, the team explained how they taught local elementary school students about production through a no-bake cookie business (proceeds were donated to the Greene County American Red Cross).
The team led Business Day sessions for high schoolers, taught financial management skills to other CU students, and worked with the Cedarville administration to develop a coffee shop in the Stevens Student Center.
Another highlight of the team`s year was their participation in the Springfield (Ohio) Rotary Grand Prix, a race which raises money for local scholarships. The SIFE team`s mini-grand prix car placed sixth overall in the qualifying race, but was knocked out of the final race when the car was rear-ended in the second lap. After such an exciting season, the team looks forward to even bigger and brighter things next year.