The Lon Morris College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) returned to Jacksonville as winners after participating in the Dallas, Texas SIFE USA Regional Competition. The event was one of 17 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.

After presenting a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders, the Lon Morris College SIFE team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion in the overall competition, and the team will now advance to the national level of SIFE competition, at the SIFE USA National Exposition May 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“This is my second year in SIFE, and after having earned the second runner-up award last year, I am glad that I was able to take the judges’ criticism, build on it, and finally lead the Lon Morris College SIFE Team to its first championship title,” said Nkemba Ndjungu, SIFE president.

SIFE in an international non-profit organization present on more than 1,800 university campuses in more than 40 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. Their projects are judged at competition on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.

During this academic year, the Lon Morris College SIFE team organized five projects in the Jacksonville and New Summerfield communities, including a Credit Awareness Day. The team taught the Lon Morris College student body about responsible use of credit, identity theft, business ethics, and more. The team also invited two local bankers who shared their expertise on the subject.

“The fact that the pre-test scores averaged 62.5 percent and the post-test scores averaged 90 percent proves that the students definitely gained valuable knowledge, which the team hopes they will use wisely,” said Jordan Nightingale.

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