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William Jewell College Students in Free Enterprise team wins league championship
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 2, 2009

The William Jewell College SIFE team recently returned from Seattle, Wash., as league champions and advanced to the SIFE USA National Exposition to be held in Philadelphia May 10-12. The presentation team of Adam Mickelson, Megan McConnell, Dan McMillen, Matt Staples and Rachel Tuszynski, delivered a timed video review of the year’s work.

Every year, SIFE teams from across the country that meet qualifications are invited to participate in one of 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions. These events are held nationwide and allow SIFE teams to present their programs to a distinguished group of business leader judges who decide which team achieved the most impact using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for members of their communities.

The 2009 Jewell team President is Matt Staples, a senior business- marketing student who has been with the team for the past three years. “This regional win has been our most successful in the team’s five year history,” Staples said. “In addition to the League Champion trophy, we received two National Finalist Awards for special topic programs. Our ‘Feed the Pig’ project in market economics targeting college students, and a special financial literacy curriculum for elementary students called ‘Money Farm,’ were each honored as one of the top 20 programs in the U.S. This is the second year for the Money Farm project, in partnership with M&I Bank, to receive national attention.”

Serving the team as Sam Walton Fellows this year are Professor Linda Bell, Dr. Cynthia Green, Dr. Neil Nicholson and Professor Debbie Scarfino. William Jewell SIFE is dedicated to providing students the opportunity to impact communities by teaching the principles of free enterprise while achieving a higher level of excellence.


William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college's location within the Kansas City metroplex of 1.5 million.



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