Enactus team competing at National Exposition

Marisa Farronato, Correspondent

Wilkes University’s 2013-14 Enactus team is competing at this year’s National Exposition from April 1-4 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Team members include seniors Tory Price, Jessica Batchler and Josh Rodriquez. Juniors Kristie Spinello, Mark Vancosky and Jackie Escobar and sophomore Edward Powell.

The team is overseen by Bridget Turel, assistant director and instructor for the Sidhu School of Business, along with the Dean of the Bussiness School Dr. Jeffrey Alves.

“We prepared a 17-minute presentation to showcase the six projects that we worked on this year, practicing five nights a week for several months,” Price said, a senior entrepreneurship major. “All of our hard work and preparation was to make sure that we were ready to display our work, entrepreneurial spirit and colonel pride.”

One hundred U.S Enactus teams participated in this years Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business competition. Ten teams were named finalists, with Wilkes University being one of the top five.

From these finalists, three will be selected as grand prize recipients and presented trophies on-stage at the 2014 National Exposition.

Grants awarded to this year’s team are from Sam’s Club, Campbell’s, Wal-Mart and Coca Cola.

Wilkes’ Enactus hit its goal Feb. 26 by delivering 5,000 pounds of food to the Salvation Army as part of their Campbell’s “Let’s Can Hunger” initiative. This specific project was led by Spinello and Price.

“This experience was one of the most remarkable and life changing opportunities I have ever had and our Enactus team is really honored to be able to represent Wilkes University in Cincinnati,” said Spinello, a junior marketing and management major.

Enactus meetings are at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Breiseth Hall, Room 211.

Any student interested in becoming part of Wilkes Enactus team can contact Vice President of Recruitment and Events, Spinello, at [email protected].