SIFE Prepares for National Competition

Mar 22, 2011
  • Business

COPY BY:    Jean Walker, 806-651-2515,


CANYON, Texas—The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at West Texas A&M University won a Regional Championship in competition at Rogers, Arkansas, on March 11. This marks the team’s 17th consecutive win.

The team will advance to SIFE USA National Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 10-12.

SIFE is an international collegiate organization that uses the positive power of business to improve the lives of others. The WTAMU SIFE team creates multiple community-based service-learning projects which focus on people in need. According to Laura Beth Hallman, SIFE CEO, the signature project for 2010-2011 is called "Awaken the Dream" and assists refugees newly settled in Amarillo. SIFE partners with Refugee Services of Texas on the project.

Because Campbell’s Soup is a national sponsor of SIFE, the WTAMU team participates in the Campbell’s "Let’s Can Hunger Challenge." To date, they have served more than 8,500 meals at Kids Café, worked 153 hours in the High Plains Food Bank garden, taught nutrition lessons at the Maverick Club and conducted multiple food drives for High Plains Food Bank.

At regional competition, the team uses a multimedia presentation to showcase their 15 projects for judges from the corporations which are SIFE sponsors. Speakers on the WTAMU presentation team are Laura Beth Hallman, Albert Plexico, Karina Linardy, Juan Gallardo, Cydney Friemel and Adrian Walker. The media presentation was created by Edgar and Ivan Cardenas.

More than 35 SIFE team members participated in the regional competition. Those participating are listed by hometown, classification, and major.

Edgar Cardenas, senior computer information systems major
Ivan Cardenas, senior computer information systems major
Ignacio Mares, sophomore pre-med major
Angelica Pallares, junior accounting major
Deetress Peoples, senior accounting major
Christy Phommasak, senior management major
Albert Plexico, junior general business major
Ana Ramirez, senior management major
Juan Ramirez, sophomore engineering major
Aaron Souvannasacd, senior general business major
Jessica Siegel, senior marketing major
Jesse Tijerina, senior finance major
Gus Trujillo, senior management major
Nathan Woodard, senior computer information systems major

Braegar Sprague, senior international business major
Kristin Tracey, junior management major

Chihuahua, Mexico
Laura Chavira, sophomore psychology major

Laura Beth Hallman, senior finance major

Juan Gallardo, junior secondary education major

Dodge City, Kan.
Cassandra Perez, senior accounting major

Bryan Viteri, senior marketing major

Adrian Walker, junior economics and finance major

Yuri Chavira, senior computer information systems major
Daniel DeLeon, senior business management major

Mikhael Gracius, freshman computer information systems major
Karina Linardy, graduate student in finance and economics

Mexico City
Adriana Medrano, senior finance major

Alexandra Long, junior accounting major

Marco Jimenez, graduate student in business

Kolten Wilder, sophomore finance major

Cydney Friemel, senior finance major

Vanessa Humphrey Voelkel, senior finance major

Thu Anh Le, senior finance major
Chau Mai, graduate student in finance and economics
Hanh Nguyen, graduate student in business

Jaqueline Cervantes, junior international business major

Erin Stodghill, junior general business major