The PSU SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team walked away from the organization’s National Exposition as the 16th best team in the U.S.

SIFE adviser Suzanne Hurt said she was proud of how well the PSU team competed against teams from much larger universities and from private schools with seemingly unlimited budgets. Pittsburg State’s formula for leveling the playing field, she said, comes down to hard work.

“In comparison, we have a much smaller team and budget,” Hurt said. “But our students give so much more of their time.”

In the annual SIFE competitions, the teams give presentations on projects they have done over the past year. In PSU’s case, that was called “Building Pittsburg.”

Hurt said she believed the judges, all company CEOs, were impressed with not only how well the PSU students presented their project, but also with the quality and the hands-on work the students completed.