UNK– The University of Nebraska at Kearney Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently hosted a competition to spark the entrepreneurial spirit of high school students.
The SIFE competition brought more than 75 students from 10 Nebraska high schools including—Amherst, Axtell, Ord, Overton, Pleasanton, Sandhills, Sandy Creek, Blue Hill, Litchfield and Sumner-Eddyville-Merna (SEM).
The UNK SIFE students coached high school student teams who developed various proposals for fictional businesses. The proposals were then presented to local business leaders. The student teams selected a retail, service or manufacturing business, which they first developed a mission statement and business card for. The students then met with financial institution representatives to establish financing for their new businesses. They also developed marketing tactics, including commercials. At the end of the day, a panel of local business professionals judged the business concepts.
The “Limbs Unlimited” team was named Grand Champion, while “Lucky Runners” and “Doggy Spoils” were named League Winners.
The winning students are listed below, alphabetically by hometown along with their team name.
AMHERST-Darby Oertwing (Limbs Unlimited), Jacob Saathoff (Lucky Runners) and
Austin Jenn (Doggy Spoils)
AXTELL– Helia Coetzer (Doggy Spoils)
BLUE HILL– Carli Kohmetscher (Lucky Runners)
LITCHFIELD– Megan Prunk (Lucky Runners) and Tiana Stithem (Doggy Spoils)
ORD– Jessica John (Limbs Unlimited) and Austin Ries (Lucky Runners)
OVERTON– Austin Cox (Limbs Unlimited), Laura Fear (Lucky Runners) and Nick
Seberger (Doggy Spoils)
PLEASANTON– Melani Fisher (Doggy Spoils), Kayla Linden (Limbs Unlimited), Jenna
Marin (Doggy Spoils) and Brenna Sievert (Lucky Runners)
SANDHILLS– Jarred Barnes (Limbs Unlimited), Tjade Rodocker (Doggy Spoils) and
Mariah Utter (Lucky Runners)
SANDY CREEK– Harrison Galaway (Lucky Runners) and Amanda Slater (Limbs
SEM– Karen Gonzalez (Limbs Unlimited) and Martin Gonzalez (Lucky Runners)
SIFE is a nonprofit 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 the learning, practicing and teaching the principals of free enterprise. SIFE is active on 1,400 university campuses in 47 countries.