Carthage Enactus reaches national competition for fifth straight year
By Tom Applegarth
The Carthage chapter of Enactus has once again won its regional competition and will head to the organization’s national exposition May 21-23 in Kansas City. This is the fifth straight year that the student organization has won its regional competition and advanced to compete on the national stage.
At regional and national competitions, teams from each chapter make a 20-minute presentation on their accomplishments during the past academic year. Presentations are then evaluated by a panel of businesspeople who serve as judges.
“I was extremely proud of how well our team presented our projects,” said Carthage Enactus President Ryan Shaw ’13. “It was by far our best performance as a group, and I knew as soon as we were finished that we had an incredible shot at making it to the national competition.”
Enactus, open to all majors, works throughout the year on projects aimed to better the lives of others by teaching self-empowerment skills. The organization encourages active hands-on learning, teamwork, leadership development, communication, and educational growth. The group gets its name from the words “entrepreneurial, action, and us.”
This year’s slogan for the chapter was “Empowering the Ages Through Education,” and their outreach campaigns reflected that. They taught students in elementary school valuable skills in financial literacy and business ethics while also stressing the importance of environmental sustainability. The group also held workshops for college students to help improve time management skills, financial management, and health and nutrition practices. They also taught them how to build a resume, dress for various levels of business events, and how to interview. Lastly, they helped the adult community in the Kenosha and Racine area by empowering the homeless at First Step, a local homeless shelter in Kenosha, to seek employment as well as helping them to refine their skills to get a job. They also created and taught anger management courses for inmates at the Racine County Jail.
“Our students now have a sustained record of success,” said Prof. Art Cyr, director of the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business. “This win reflects teamwork, dedication, and effective leadership succession.”
In addition to Ryan, the speakers at this year’s regional conference were: Megan Shover ’15, Mollie Miller ‘14, Herman (Mike) Rodriguez ‘14, and James Blakeway ‘13. Hunter Sandidge ‘14 created and executed the presentation while the speakers gave the speech.
“We have an outstanding and dedicated group of students who understand the importance of giving back to the community,” he said.