Enactus team finished 9th at National Exposition
The Coker University Enactus team placed ninth out of roughly 175 US teams at this year’s Enactus USA National Exposition at Long Island University.
Enactus (Entrepreneurial. Action. Us.) is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Each year, 72,000 student members from 1,800 universities and 35 countries launch social entrepreneurship projects to create a better, more sustainable world.
The national competition allows teams to highlight the collective impact of their community outreach efforts over the past year. Business executives from across the country volunteer as judges to evaluate which Enactus teams most effectively demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership to drive business and innovation for sustainable positive impact related to people, planet, and prosperity.
The Coker team advanced as a Top 12 semifinalist during the virtual opening round in mid-March, and their 12-minute presentation last week highlighted the outcomes from three of the six projects they have been implementing during the 2021-22 academic year: Mental Health Awareness, Women’s Empowerment, and Fostering Future Success.
“Our Coker students are incredible. They have such a passion for taking on big issues and major challenges that people encounter in our own backyard and around the world,” said Dr. Andy Burkemper, assistant professor of Business and co-advisor of the Enactus team for the past six years. “I am so impressed by their creativity, tenacity, and ability to solve problems with their entrepreneurial mindsets. I can’t even describe how well our students represented Hartsville and all of South Carolina during this year’s competition.”
Other national honors for Coker Enactus included Kenzie Griggs and her teammates earning the National Award for Excellence in Social Media Presence. Burkemper received the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year.
“At this year’s competition, it was inspiring to see the collective impact all Enactus teams are making in their local communities and around the world,” said of Coker Enactus President Kerlyn Mondesir. “Being named the 9th place team in the country is a strong testament to the hard work and determination shown by every single one of my Coker teammates. We are so grateful for the constant support from our university and the surrounding Hartsville community, and we are so excited to make an even stronger impact next year.”
Coker University is one of approximately 200 Enactus teams in the United States and currently has 41 participating students. The five presenters for the national competition were Beck Johnston, Seraphin Kibonge, Rami Mullen, Kelsey Sithole, and Alex Williams.
Other Enactus team members are Chelsey Blume, Bradley Bomar, Sophie Burkett, Catherine Cann, Raya Coley, Nic Curtis, Douglas Easterling, Shannon Felker, Carson Fuller, Amber Garcia, Kelsey Gibbons, Kenzie Griggs, Destiny Harris, Eli Hopkins, Malaysia Irby, Greyson Johnson, Britt Kabo, Abby Kellner, Grace King, Alexis Kopicki, Chase Lennon, Dylan Lloyd, Lauren Loveday, Brandon Mills, Kerlyn Mondesir, Zack Peagler, Kennedi Price, Hannah Quick, Shannon Ratliff, Jimmy Rosengrant, Davion Sebree, Chelsa Sellers, Dylan Smith, Katie Smith, Matty Tricker, and Bethany Weatherford. Faculty advisors include Dr. Andy Burkemper, Prof. Phyllis Fields, and Dr. Marvin Keene.