Coker’s Enactus Team Wins at U.S. Regional Competition

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 2, 2013 – Coker College’s Enactus team was named a Regional Champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held today in Atlanta, Ga.

“Through Enactus, and with the support of fellow students, faculty members and leaders in our community, Coker students are learning to bring entrepreneurial energy to every aspect of their education,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“Indeed, not satisfied with last year’s top-40 national standing, this year our team has raised the bar again.  For them, ‘redefining ready,’ one of the hallmarks of a Coker education, extends well beyond developing the skills needed for tomorrow’s careers to a much more fundamental challenge: reimagining the bedrock definitions of service and citizenship.”

Today’s event was one of 10 regional competitions being held in the United States this spring.

As an Enactus U.S. Regional Champion, the Enactus Coker College team will advance to compete in the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 21-23.

“Although this is our team’s third year, it is my first year with the program,” said Enactus program director Ben Chastain.  “It’s been a privilege to be a part not only of the many worthy projects we’ve undertaken this year, but also to share in the personal and educational journeys of the members of this team.  Together, and with the consistent support of president Wyatt, we have developed valuable new skills and a deeper awareness of the needs of our community.  I could not be more proud of the team’s accomplishments, and I look forward to the national competition in May.”

Coker is one of more than 500 programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

During this academic year, the 38-member Enactus Coker College team supported more than a dozen projects in the Pee Dee region and a new international enterprise, a commercial bakery and youth training program that is being established in Rwanda, Africa.

Among the new projects undertaken in Hartsville this year, the most noteworthy project may have been the team’s administration and staffing of a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School on Coker’s campus last summer.

Using a six-week, reading-intensive curriculum, the nationally acclaimed Freedom Schools are designed, in particular, to help students overcome the decline in reading skills that commonly occurs during the summer months, when school is not in session.  According to the results of the Gates-MacGinite Reading Tests, administered at the start of the program and, again, at its conclusion, the students in Coker’s program demonstrated, on average, a two-month increase in reading proficiency, a figure that represented the eighth largest increase among the 37 program sites tested this year.

Coker’s presentation team included Brianna Fowler, Eren Moses, Tyler Staub, Timmy Strickland, Ryan Vento, Taylor Willis and Tyler Senecal, who served as the team videographer.  Areyonna Keels and Michael Mazzola served as alternates for the presentation team.

Other members of the team included Lindsey Allen, Chelsea Asbill, Jessica Bedard, Lucas Britt, Jasmine Brown, Luke Coates, Jonathon Gardner, Jared Geizer, Austin Harper, Kaitlynn Jessup, Sarah Kinsey, Matthew Kreider, Noah Lascell, Steven Marciano, Gregory Martin, Gabriel Mens, Andrew Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Mark Nankervis, Tony Nolan, Halee Polson, Malcome Reed, Samantha Scott, Austin Shockley, James Sweeney, Andrew Taske, Hannah Vadakin and Keon Wilson. Barb Steadman served as a Sam Walton Fellow advising the team.

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PHOTO: Enactus Coker College Regional Champion 2013.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.  For more information, visit

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