John Brown Uni­ver­sity wins En­ac­tus Na­tional Cham­pi­onship

■ De­feat­ing 200 U.S. cRl­leges, teaP ad­vances tR En­ac­tus WRrld CuS in LRndRn

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - From Staff Re­ports

John Brown Uni­ver­sity’s En­ac­tus team was named 2017 En­ac­tus United States Na­tional Cham­pion in Kansas City, Mo., Tues­day.

The team, which de­feated over 200 uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges from around the na­tion, will com­pete against 35 coun­tries at the En­ac­tus World Cup in Lon­don this Septem­ber.

“We cel­e­brate our stu­dents’ ac­com­plish­ments in pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial so­lu­tions that make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally and glob­ally,” Joe Wa­len­ciak, JBU dean of the Soderquist Col­lege of Busi­ness, said. “En­ac­tus JBU con­tin­ues to be an im­por­tant part of JBU’s mis­sion to honor God through ser­vice. They will rep­re­sent our uni­ver­sity, state and na­tion well at this year’s World Cup.”

JBU’s En­ac­tus team con­sists of 64 JBU stu­dents from 22 states and nine coun­tries. Some of the en­tre­pre­neur­ial projects high­lighted in the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded Yellow Crate, the Gu­atemala Wa­ter Project and Shred­ify.

Yellow Crate, a mo­bile app that alerts cus­tomers of food pantry needs when­ever they walk into a par­tic­i­pat­ing gro­cery store, launched in 2016 and will be adopted by four other uni­ver­sity com­mu­ni­ties this up­com­ing year.

This sum­mer, JBU’s En­ac­tus team will travel to Gu­atemala to im­ple­ment an­other wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem and pro­vide health and hy­giene ed­u­ca­tion to com­mu­nity mem­bers. As the fifth im­ple­men­ta­tion plan since

2011, the Gu­atemala Wa­ter Project cre­ates and sus­tains three lo­cal jobs while sup­ply­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers with af­ford­able pu­ri­fied wa­ter at a frac­tion of the usual cost.

In 2015, JBU launched Shred­ify which helped bring the first lo­cal doc­u­ment de­struc­tion ser­vice to the Siloam Springs Adult De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter (SSADC) in Siloam Springs. The pro­gram cer­ti­fies eight SSADC em­ploy­ees with the op­por­tu­nity to earn up to $14 per hour.

“Be­ing named the na­tional cham­pion speaks to the high qual­ity of work that our JBU stu­dents are do­ing,” Kristina Arge Si­mon­sen, co-fac­ulty ad­viser for En­ac­tus JBU, said. “En­ac­tus is a way for stu­dents to put into prac­tice JBU’s phi­los­o­phy of Head, Heart and Hand. For us, we view the com­pe­ti­tion as a plat­form to share our story and the work of our stu­dents. En­ac­tus JBU is a fam­ily of stu­dents pas­sion­ate about im­prov­ing our lo­cal and global com­mu­nity. And I am so proud to be a part of this team. To God be the glory.”

In the fi­nal round of com­pe­ti­tion, JBU stu­dents Cooper Richard­son, sopho­more man­age­ment ma­jor and team pres­i­dent; Nate Wert­jes, fresh­man mar­ket­ing ma­jor; Ale­jan­dra Figoni, ju­nior busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion ma­jor and project leader; and Luke Pow­ers, ju­nior in­ter­na­tional busi­ness ma­jor, gave a 17-minute pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing JBU’s most notable projects. The team, ap­pear­ing for the first time at the World Cup, will present the three projects at the En­ac­tus World Cup in Lon­don Sept. 26-28.

La Sierra Uni­ver­sity, Roberts Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity and Mount Mercy Uni­ver­sity took sec­ond, third and fourth place re­spec­tively. JBU has placed in the top four at the U.S. Na­tional Expo five times since 2003. The team’s fin­ish is the high­est in uni­ver­sity his­tory and it won $10,000 in prize money.

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En­ac­tus JBU stu­dents Nate Wert­jes, Marcela Funez, An­drew BrRtt, HuPbertR SPith, Tyler Estes, Nick Le, Ale FigRni and Luke PRw­ers cel­e­brated their win as En­ac­tus U.S. NatiR­nal ChaPSiRns.

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En­ac­tus JBU stu­dents Thea Brock, Con­ner Luther, Nick Le, Luke Pow­ers, Ale Figoni, Hum­berto Smith, Nate Wert­jes, Tyler Estes, Cooper Richard­son, An­drew Brott and Marcela Funez car­ried out the En­ac­tus U.S. Na­tional Cham­pi­onship tro­phy, plaque and medals. The team will com­pete in the En­ac­tus World Cup in Lon­don this Septem­ber.

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