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Tiny Flagler College wins Enactus national championship in Kansas City

Updated: 2013-05-24T01:58:03Z

By STEVE ROSEN

The Kansas City Star

And then there was one.

After two days of tense competition involving 155 college and university teams, Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., on Thursday was crowned national champion at the Enactus U.S. Exposition and National Competition in Kansas City.

Enactus, a Springfield, Mo., organization formerly called Students in Free Enterprise, held its national event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The competition drew about 4,000 college students on teams that created projects to enhance their communities through entrepreneurial efforts.

The student teams described their projects before a panel of judges, and the four top performers advanced to the final round Thursday afternoon.

Flagler’s team, which represented the liberal arts school of about 2,900 students, dubbed its presentation Project Pretzels. It involved entrepreneurship training for residents of a local homeless shelter.

The project taught participants basic culinary skills and how to make soft pretzels. It also helped them learn to navigate the process of getting food safety certifications.

The first runner-up was Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii, followed by Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Va.

The third runner-up was a team representing Drury University in Springfield.

Next up for Flagler is representing the United States in the Enactus international competition in late September in Cancun, Mexico.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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