SIFE economics team wins regional competitionThe Harding University Students in Free Enterprise economics
team competed and was named Regional Champion at the
Midsouth Students in Free Enterprise Regional Competition in Rogers,
Ark., March 11.
Team members include senior Daniel Avelar of Cortes, Honduras; senior
Carmen Cuadra of Masaya, Nicaragua; sophomore Rafael Guillen of
Choluteca, Honduras; junior Michael Lanier of Old Hickory, Tenn.;
senior Lucy Marchena of San Jose, Costa Rica; sophomore Fabian Quiros
of Heredia, Costa Rica; junior Karla Rodriguez of Volcan, Panama; and
senior Tim Tostige of Fraser, Mich. Cuadra serves as president of
Harding’s SIFE chapter along with senior Josh Alexander of Grand
The group’s presentation was a description of the execution and
results of 11 educational and service projects they did during the
school year. Their projects were designed to educate on the benefits
of living in a free enterprise system and inspire contribution towards
a world with less poverty and more freedom. Judges for the competition
were executives from businesses that serve as SIFE sponsors.
In winning the Regional Competition, the Harding SIFE team won $1,000
in prize money and gained the opportunity to compete in the SIFE USA
National Exposition May 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minn. National winners
will represent the U.S. in the International Championship in October
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“They become better teammates, develop their communication skills,
find out that they can use their creativity to devise effective
projects, become better time managers, and they get many opportunities
to interact with various community members and especially with
business people,” said SIFE faculty sponsor and associate professor of
business Dr. Rich Brown.
Dr. Jim Shelton, professor of accounting, is also a faculty sponsor
for the team.
SIFE is an international nonprofit organization active on over 1,200
university campuses in more than 45 countries.