Student financial team to unveil projects

The Heritage students who will travel to Kansas City, Mo. For the annual Enactus competition, from left, are Kevin Lopez, Toppenish; Omar Moreno, Yakima; Milliset Bustamante, Granger; Josceline Mora, Sunnyside; Dioselina Verduzco, Grandview; Melissa Gomez-Munoz, Wapato; Anitramarina Reyna, Yakima; Yasmin Silva-Sepulveda, Toppenish; and Marcus Bravo, Yakima.

David Mance
The Heritage students who will travel to Kansas City, Mo. For the annual Enactus competition, from left, are Kevin Lopez, Toppenish; Omar Moreno, Yakima; Milliset Bustamante, Granger; Josceline Mora, Sunnyside; Dioselina Verduzco, Grandview; Melissa Gomez-Munoz, Wapato; Anitramarina Reyna, Yakima; Yasmin Silva-Sepulveda, Toppenish; and Marcus Bravo, Yakima.



— A Heritage University team focused on economy, business and entrepreneurial skills will provide a public presentation Thursday, May 17.

The Enactus team event is at 4 p.m. in the Patricia Wade Temple Room of Pigott Commons is open to the public. The presentation will focus on the team’s program for a national competition.

Heritage will compete against 90 other college and university teams from across the country later this month in the National Enactus USA Exposition in Kansas City, Mo.

This year’s Heritage team includes Kevin Lopez, Anitramarina Reyna, Josceline Mora, Marcus Bravo, Yasmin Silva Sepulveda, Melissa Gomez and Omar Moreno.

The students will present four case studies from 10 of the group’s projects to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, and provide professional tax preparation services to low-income residents.

Enactus Director Dioselina Verduzco said competing at nationals will provide a valuable learning opportunity.

“Not only do they get the chance to improve their business skills and network with Fortune 500 company representatives, but by sharing the stories of their projects, they’ll have a better appreciation of how their projects improve the lives of people in their communities and themselves,” Verduzco said.

The team serves as an agent for change in an area known for economic and educational deprivation, Verduzco said, noting its mission is to bring free enterprise to the local area.

Verduzco said there were 10 projects this year, with the four most impactful ones to be shown at Kansas City.

Verduzco said students from all fields participate in Enactus. Eight to 10 leaders are chosen each year.

The presentation team has two leaders and five volunteers.

There is a support team of eight that will also travel to Kansas City.



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