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SIFE advances to national competition

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North Central’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition March 28 in Chicago, one of 12 regional sites. The College's team was named a champion in its league and advances to national competition May 10-12 in Minneapolis.

The team members who presented at regionals and will compete at nationals are Peter Zafiropoulus ’11, Darette Ly ’13, Kimberly Dallmann ’14, Maggie Drewno ’12 and Kyle Evers ’12. Sandy Pham ’11 created the video, Samantha Suarez ’13 created the annual report, and Amanda Marek ’13 and Meghan Court ’12 helped field judges’ questions. The faculty advisors this year are Matt Krystal, assistant professor of anthropology; Neil Nicholson, assistant professor of mathematics; Jerry Thalmann, associate professor and chair of accounting; and Jean Clifton, associate professor of management.

Clifton said, “The regional judges were particularly impressed with our efforts to help communities make sustainable, long-term changes to improve lives. We’re continuing with this year’s theme of making a positive difference in our communities—including the campus, local, state, national and international.”