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Enactus team selected as regional champions; headed to nationals

by | May 4, 2018 | News | 0 comments

Our Enactus team recently competed in the regional competition in Dallas, Texas on April 16th. Other competing teams came from schools like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, and John Brown University.

And the team from ACU was selected as one of the regional champions and is headed to compete at the national competition in Kansas City later this month.

Erika Teilmann, a junior marketing and management major from Houston, Texas, is the President of Enactus and lead the team’s presentation at the regional competition. The other leaders who presented were Shelby Watson, a junior finance major from Pearland, Travis Loveland, a senior finance major from Katy, and Megan Bonnell, a senior accounting major from Helotes. We recently had a chance to sit down with Erika and chat about her team’s amazing win:

To compete regionally, what did that entail? An in-person presentation? A video submission?
Each team is required to prepare a 17 minute presentation for a panel of 20 judges, highlighting the team’s work over the past year. This year, we chose to focus on three of our seven projects: Earthworks Composting, the Children’s Business Fair, and our Personal Finance Curriculum.

What are some key takeaways for you from participating in the regional competition? 
Regional competition is a great platform to share your team’s story and impact. Additionally, it is inspiring to hear what other universities are accomplishing in their own communities.

What was your and your team’s reaction when you heard you guys placed 1st??
There are actually a number of Regional Champions, so we were not the only school to receive recognition. However, it was still an honor to be recognized for our hard work. We received great feedback from the judges about our projects and hope to use their comments to continue to improve our impact.

So what is the national competition going to be like, you think?
National competition will take place May 20-22 in Kansas City, MO this year. Over two days, there are three rounds of judging, during which our team will utilize the same presentation from regionals.

What are some things you are looking forward to when you are competing at the national level? 
This will be our team’s first time experiencing nationals, so it will be awesome to see!

Make sure you are following the Griggs Center on Instagram, @griggscenter, so you can see how they do at Nationals in Kansas City!