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Philadelphia, Pa., May 12, 2009 — Drury University's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team finished in second place at the SIFE USA National Competition in Philadelphia.
Drury SIFE's improbable run to the second place trophy started with an upset of 2008 National Champion, the University of Arizona, on Monday. In the round of sixteen, Drury advanced by defeating several prominent universities. In the final round, Drury faced two former National Champions in La Sierra University (Ca.), which won in 2007, and Flagler College (Fl.), which won in 2004. Flagler College was crowned as the 2009 SIFE USA National Champion this afternoon.
“We are incredibly proud of our accomplishments this season, we really had a lot of great projects to present on,” said senior presentation team member, Caitlin Pierce.“This entire team worked incredibly hard to get to this point.”
Today was the sixth time that Drury's SIFE team has been to the final round of competition. Drury won the SIFE National Championship three times, (2001, 2003, 2005) and went on to win the SIFE World Cup in 2001 and 2003.
The SIFE USA Competition was comprised of 118 schools this year and more than 90 executives from companies from around the country judged the final round. As National Champions, Flagler College will represent the United States at the SIFE World Cup in Berlin, Germany in the fall of 2009.
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global non-profit organization active on more than 1,800 college campuses in more than 43 countries and territories. Student teams develop projects to help create economic opportunity by teaching concepts related to free market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship, personal finance and success skills.
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