CMU Business Students To Enactus Nationals

Not many would go to Kansas City from Fayette by way of Chicago, but that’s the route the Central Methodist University Enactus team will be traveling after qualifying for the Enactus national competition.

The 11-member CMU team won its league at the Midwest Regional Enactus competition held recently in Chicago, thus qualifying for nationals May 21-23 in Kansas City. Worcester (Mass.) State University and Taylor (Ind.) University also advanced from the Midwest region to the national event.

Enactus is an international, business-oriented organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who aim to use entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Professor Julie Bennett sponsors the CMU Enactus club.

At the regional event, they were judged based on the projects they have worked on this academic year, an annual report, and a presentation by a five-member team of students. A technology glitch meant the students had to present to the judges without the help of their Powerpoint program.

“We were highly complimented on what an excellent job our students did, and their ability to adapt to the challenge,” Bennett said.

Members of the CMU Enactus presentation team included David Baranski, a junior from Ballwin; Jordan Cassmeyer, a junior from Jefferson City; Brooke Emmerich, a sophomore from Prairie Home; Alexandra Hudelson, a sophomore from Old Monroe; and Anthony Miller, a senior from Fair Grove.

Also representing Central Methodist at the competition were Melanie Bryan, a senior from Prairie Home; Caitlyn Harwell, a senior from East Prairie; Shelby Henson, a sophomore from Piedmont; Lee Jimerson, a junior from Saint Louis; Tyler Musick, a senior from Purdy; and Abby Thompson, a junior from Glasgow.

The national event from May 21-23 will take place at the Convention Center in Kansas City.

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