WAU Students Win Regional Business Competition
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), was named a regional champion at a March 23 competition held in Baltimore. The event was one of 10 regional competitions being held across the United States during March and April where college students showcase how they use business ventures to help others in their communities.
“Our students presented three local projects they were involved with to a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards,” said Weymouth Spence, the university’s president. “It was a joy to observe them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.”
Sarah Quimby, president of the WAU club, attributes the team’s success to their growth as a unit over the past year and the amount of work they put in. “The impact we have made is incredible. The amount of hours and hard work each member has put in to making this a successful year is impressive,” she said.
Spence expressed pride that the 44 WAU students and their projects were among 62,000 from 38 countries representing 1,600 universities and 7,300,000 project volunteer hours towards a common commitment. The WAU program is one of more than 500 in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. During this academic year, the WAU team organized eight projects in the Takoma Park community, including Job Quest, a partnership with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington that provides job readiness training for unemployed residents.
The culmination of the program is an annual series of competitions that provide a showcase for teams to present the results of their projects and be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the world cup. As a regional champion, the WAU team will advance to the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23.
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