Coker Enactus Places in Top 40 in National Competition

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – May 24, 2013 – Following a win in the regional competition in Atlanta, Ga., last month, Coker College’s Enactus team (previously Students In Free Enterprise) placed in the top 40 in the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., this week.

The competition is the first of two national titles Coker students vie for this week.  Coker’s men’s baseball team competes for the first time in institutional history in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, May 25–June 1.

“To be named among the top 40 Enactus teams in the country is a remarkable achievement,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“Elevating our programs to the national level is at the heart of many of the initiatives we set out in “Redefining Ready,” Coker’s new strategic plan,” Wyatt added.  “But I must say, the numerous high-profile achievements of this academic year, capped, now, by having a national spotlight on two student programs, has surpassed my expectations.  I am extremely proud of Coker’s students and of the family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni who support their efforts.”

Enactus encourages students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

This year, Coker’s 40-member 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 summer 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.

Eight students served on the presentation team: Brianna Fowler, Eren Moses, Tyler Senecal, Tyler Staub, Timothy Strickland, Ryan Vento and Taylor Willis. 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, Matthew Gill, Jonathon Gardner, Jared Geizer, Luke Hansen, Austin Harper, Kaitlynn Jessup, Sarah Kinsey, Matthew Kreider, Atticus Lum, Steven Marciano, Gregory Martin, Brandon McCarren, Gabriel Mens, Andrew Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Emily Mosser, Mark Nankervis, Halee Polson, Malcome Reed, Samantha Scott, Austin Shockley, James Sweeney, Andrew Taske, Hannah Vadakin and Keon Wilson.

The team was accompanied at the national exposition by Wyatt, program director Benjamin Chastain and college relations director Barb Steadman, a Sam Walton Fellow advising the team.

Enactus USA, is the largest of the 38 Enactus country operations and with some 3,000 students, faculty and executives in attendance, the National Exposition represents the largest gathering of Enactus network members in the world.

For more information about Coker’s Enactus program, contact Steve Marciano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  To learn more about the Enactus network, visit


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.


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