SCC Enactus team wins regional competition

Enactus Group
From left: Larry Perry, Morgan Kroeger, Muamera Drnda, Hope Wonder, Derrick Heydon, Seth Miles, Christopher Norwood

A team of Southeast Community College students is heading to the Enactus USA National Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, after winning the regional competition in Rogers, Arkansas.

Enactus is a student program where business concepts are applied to develop community outreach projects, using the power of entrepreneurial action. SCC Business Administration Instructor Deb Gaspard formed SCC’s team in 2003. SCC is one of only six community colleges nationwide to advance to the finals.

“Students presented several team projects they worked on this school year,” Gaspard said. “One interesting fact is they were the only U.S. team to receive all four Enactus Project Partnership Opportunities.”

SCC’s Enactus team competed against mostly four-year institutions and was selected by a panel of judges as a regional champion. The national competition will be held May 15-17 in St. Louis.

“I think our team is loaded with potential,” said Christopher Norwood, a member of the Enactus team. He said he’s prepared to work hard for the upcoming national competition.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of hours trying to polish everything up,” Norwood added. “Our experience at regionals showed us things we did well and things we need to improve on. We are ready to put in the work and be successful at nationals.”

Students representing SCC in the regional competition in Arkansas on April 18 are Morgan Kroeger, Superior; Seth Miles, O’Neill; Derrick Heydon, Lincoln; Christopher Norwood, Indianapolis, Indiana; Larry Perry, Gary, Indiana; Hope Wonder, Maui, Hawaii; and Muamera Drnda, Gorazde, Bosnia Herzegovina.

“National competitions are a showcase of how our students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action,” according to the Enactus website. “Enactus teams will compete across 35 countries where the quality and impact of their projects will be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.”

From each national team, one will be selected to represent its country at the Enactus World Cup 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher Haggar
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
ahaggar@southeast.edu