Enactus Team Places in Top 20 at National Competition

Jun 04, 2013
  • Business

COPY BY: Jean Walker, 806-651-2515,  

CANYON, Texas—WTAMU Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) placed in the top 20 at the Enactus USA National Exposition May 22-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

The WTAMU team also was named one of the eight national finalist teams in the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership, a project focused on fighting community hunger.

Enactus projects focus on a triple bottom line—people, profits, and planet. Using the power of entrepreneurial action to empower people in need, Enactus teams work collaboratively to transform lives and build a better, more sustainable world.

Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, WTAMU Enactus projects focused on job skills training for single mothers, tutoring refugees, mentoring teenagers at the Youth Center of the High Plains, small business consulting, teaching entrepreneurship, hunger relief and encouraging youth to reach for their dreams through college and career training.

Through helping others achieve their dreams, Enactus team members improve their own marketability by learning leadership, teamwork and project management skills. More than 50 national companies who specifically target Enactus students in their hiring process gave team members seeking internships or employment the opportunity to be recruited at the Career Fair at the USA National Exposition.

In addition to the 535 American teams, Enactus teams on college campuses in 37 other countries compete nationally for the right to represent their country at Enactus World Cup in Mexico in September 2013.  WTAMU Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business, but membership is open to any major of any classification at WTAMU.

The multimedia presentation of projects to corporate judges included Emilee Cavaness, Justin Lawlis, Laura Beth Hallman, Juan Ramirez, Blake Boone, Manuel Garcia, Angelica Pallares, Mary Dittfurth, Greg Moreno and Randi Ferdian.

Students representing WTAMU at national competition are listed by hometown and major.


Emilee Cavaness, accounting major
Mary Dittfurth, management major
Adriana Gallegos, accounting major
Manuel Garcia, finance major
Justin Lawlis, computer information systems major
Ignacio Mares, psychology major
Angelica Pallares, graduate student in accounting
Ana Ramirez, MBA student
Juan Ramirez, engineering major
Luis Rodriguez, management major
Bethany Wilcox, entrepreneurship/marketing major
Nathan Woodard, computer information systems major


Cecelia Dominguez, management major


Laura Beth Hallman, graduate student in finance and economics

Clovis, N.M.

Sarah Sabins, management major


Cynthia Prieto, management major


Randi Ferdian, computer information systems major

Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Vitaliy Skorodziyevskiy, international business major


Brittany Smith, general business major

Montgomery, Ala.

Dayren Tolliver, finance major

Philadelphia, Pa.

Dana Versmessen, international business major


Blake Boone, communication studies major


Tam Dao, accounting major
Kristen Le, mass communications major
Steve Le, accounting major


Rudy Cantu, management major
Greg Moreno, accounting major

Elizabeth Castillo, accounting major

Caity Kenny,  international business major