Dr. Susan Jensen
SIFE adviser, 308.865.8189

Members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney returned home from the SIFE Regional Competition in Chicago this week with trophies, prize money and recognition.

The team was named “First Runner-Up” in the overall competition among SIFE chapters and was one of the “Top 20 National Finalists” in the financial literacy individual topic competition.

The UNK SIFE team earned two trophies, as well as $1,000 in prize money. The prize money will go toward future SIFE projects.

“The students represented UNK very well with a dynamic presentation at the Chicago competition,” said Dr. Susan Jensen, SIFE adviser. “This dedicated team of 13 members has tackled 30 different projects this year that have had a direct impact on more than 1,100 people.”

Several of the students were presented with the Service Leadership Award, which is given to members who have accrued more than 100 hours of service in a year. Students who received the award include Chelsey Brock, Gothenburg; Logan Cope, Hastings; Missi Nelson, Kearney; Keith Stritt, McCook; Kim Kuhlenengel, Syracuse; and Kelsee Sharpe, Table Rock.

Additional members who attended the competition include Kristen Longnecker, Indianola; Amy Drake and Kelsey Henkel, Kearney; and Linda Lange, Randolph. SIFE members who were unable to attend but made contributions include Luke Simpson, Kearney; Kelsy Matthes, Wisner; and Alyssia Jones, Kirwin, Kan.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1500 college and university campuses in 37 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.