BRCC free-enterprise team repeats as national champion

Item by Chris Graham

They are national champs – again.

The Blue Ridge Community College Students in Free Enterprise team repeated as national champions at the SIFE USA National Exposition held May 13-15 in Chicago.

More than 140 teams with more than 3,000 students took part in the competition. More than 650 business executives served as judges.

The BRCC SIFE team organized several projects with a focus on the Shenandoah Valley and continued work from previous SIFE teams at the community college to support people in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in addition to adding a new global project.

“Our international projects have probably been the icing on our team’s figurative cake. Our team worked with the other members of our college to create a mini-economic system on the island of La Guanove – a project that impacts an entire village for the better,” student Genelle Smith said.

“This is a tremendous honor for our team. The students on the BRCC SIFE team have changed lives both in our country and globally,” said BRCC SIFE team advisor Rebecca Evans. “I do believe that the true power of the SIFE experience is not found within the trophy case but by knowing that everyone can make a difference in this world, and our students are proving that every day.”

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