Enactus team members include, from left to right, Fidencio Nicolas, Alden Andy, Alejandra Haro, Nicole Lopez, Dioselina Verduzco, Heritage Enactus team assistant, Leonard Black, Heritage Enactus team faculty advisor, Javier Morin, Jr, Zia Lohrasbi, Suzet Teodoro, Nataly Alvarez of Sunnyside, Ximena Prieto and Jose Carrillo of Sunnyside.
As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Heritage University students finished fourth in the national Enactus USA Exposition earlier this week.
Advancing into the finals Tuesday afternoon, Heritage students finished behind only Flagler College of St. Augustine, Fla.; John Brown University of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and La Sierra University of Riverside, Calif.
Nationally, 250 colleges and universities competed.
This year’s Heritage Enactus team includes Nataly Alvarez, Alden Andy, Jose Carrillo, Alejandro Haro, Zia Lohrasbi, Javier Morin, Jr., Nicole Lopez, Fidencio Nicolas and Ximena Prieto.
The students presented three specific case studies from the group’s 2015-16 efforts to train low-income individuals at home and abroad to become successful entrepreneurs.
The first case study focused on the growth of “Camp S.E.E.D.,” a summer program which teaches social, economic and environmental development as well as financial literacy to at-risk youth between the ages of 11-14.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Heritage Enactus has won 12 consecutive regional championships.
Since first reaching the national level in 2004, Heritage’s team has been in the Top 20 for 10 years in a row.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our students,” Heritage President John Bassett said. “We continue to have a tremendously talented group of students who develop outstanding projects.”
Heritage Enactus is led by adviser Business Administration and Accounting Administration Department Chairman Leonard Black.
“Our Enactus students faced tough competition from some of the best schools in the country, and performed brilliantly in every round of the competition,” Black said.