Last year the SIFE team at HPU won the regional competition
for the first time ever, beating out its rival competitor, BYU-Hawaii.
At the 2001 National SIFE Competition, the team placed within
the top sixteen in the country and was soon dubbed the Giant
This year the team had to at least repeat history, if not better
it no easy task. Then in the spring, the team again earned
the regional winner title, and in May prepared to make its way
to the national competition in Kansas City, Missouri.
More than 3,000 students and 250 teams from around North America
as well as visiting teams from Australia, Kurdistan, Brazil,
and the Philippines joined in an Opening Ceremony in Kansas
City filled with clowns, human statues, magicians, and fireworks.
The exciting environment continued on day two, Competition
Day, but with an increase in the stress levels as the hum of
people buzzing by on the way to the presentation rooms filled
the convention center. Following their first round presentation,
Julia Filatova said she was thrilled and excited
about the performance and amazed at how much of a blast
this whole experience was!
Throughout the three-day-competition, HPU SIFE team spread so
much aloha spirit and good sportsmanship that it was awarded
the SIFE Spirit Award for 2002.
The team also took home three other awards, including placement
in the top 15 in the country for the Polsky Special Competition
in teaching the principles of personal investing, Most
Supportive University President and the second runner-up
award in the Sensational Sixteen Round of competition.
When all was said and done, it was time to reflect. The three
days had been filled with some of the most inspiring experiences,
projects, and stories. Some teams worked on projects which involved
teaching gang members how to be more self-sufficient; some involved
empowering women in Africa to become more financially independent,
and some simply gave livestock to a third-world family, thus
providing them the means to a better life.
Some of the HPU SIFE projects were: Teach a Child About
Business, Personal Investing Seminar, Body
Mint (an oral supplement which eliminates body odor, created
by a former HPU SIFE alumni), the First Global Sife Project
(FGSP: intercommunicating all the SIFE teams around the world
through a Web site, www.fgsp.org), and the Loy Weston project
involving art and an entrepreneurial-themed book.
To learn more about these projects or about the opportunities
SIFE has to offer, watch for our posters around campus describing
some of the qualities and characteristics we are looking for
in a new member as well as announcing meeting times and locations.
If you are ready to be a part of the winning team, we
want you! Visit www.sife.org.