The Black Hills State University students earned a regional championship in the recent Enactus USA Regional Competition and qualified to compete in the national competition for the first time.
|BHSU Enactus students present a trophy to Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, after winning championship in the USA Regional Competition. They are now qualified to compete in the national competition in May. Enactus member pictured from left to right include: Katrina Schrader, business administration human resources major from Johnsburg, Ill.; Ann Wilken, education major from Meadow;Jerred Nagel, business administration management major from Rapid City; Marcus Heinrich, business administration entrepreneurship major from Whitewood; Curtis Coomes, business administration management major from Rapid City; and Justin Bachelor, biology major from White River.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.
"The regional competition provided a superb opportunity for us to demonstrate our presentation skills and share our hard work during the past year,” said Curtis Coomes, business administration management major from Rapid City and team president. “We’re excited to advance for the first time to nationals. Placing there could take us to Cancun for the Enactus World Cup."
The Enactus regional competition held in Minneapolis included teams from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Team members, who presented a 17-minute memorized and coordinated Power Point program at the competition, were Katrina Schrader, business administration human resources major from Johnsburg, Ill.; Ann Wilken, education major from Meadow; Abbey Vansteenwyk, business administration accounting major from Sturgis; Jerred Nagel, business administration management major from Rapid City; and Becca Ellis, professional accounting major from Rock Rapids, Iowa. All members of the Enactus Team hope to participate in the national exposition next month.
The presentation covered the student groups’ annual report with an emphasis on the two important programs the team worked on, the Firsthand College Advice Seminar and the Facebook for Retirees project. The group presented to a team of 17 judges. The projects highlighted needed to meet the main criteria of, “considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, which team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.”
"Our BHSU students really rose to the occasion, " said Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management and co-advisor of the Enactus team. “Their genuine enthusiasm for their projects came through in their presentation before the corporate judges.”
The competition gave students the opportunity to observe competing teams, network with members of the other teams, and meet with recruiters. The students will incorporate suggestions from the judges as they fine tune the presentation for the national competition.