School of Business Administration Junior Finishes Second at New York Competition
- By Elizabeth Parent
School of Business Administration junior Mauricio Diaz, Jr. came in second place at the Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition at SUNY Plattsburgh’s 1st Annual Free Enterprise Olympics on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Eight colleges and universities participated in the daylong event that featured three different competitions: Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition, Lunchtime Mini-Creativity Challenge, and the Creativity & Innovation Challenge – Muller’s Smart Carts.
Diaz finished second in the Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition, behind Bryce Bandish from Clarkson University. Alexandra Brenock, from St. Michael’s College, finished third.
"I thought the competition was pretty tough and I was nervous," said Diaz. "It was one of the few times during school where I had to present by myself. It felt great to come in second but there is always room to improve."
"Mo Diaz delivered a very passionate speech about the power of Entrepreneurship in a free enterprise economy," said Thomas Chittenden, UVM team coach. "His speech was from the heart and he was the only student to cose with a poem that he wrote himself. Judges afterwards commented on how he had the most polished, well-prepared and structured speech. It was clear how much effort Mo put into this speech and I was very proud of his performance."
Three other UVM School of Business Adminsitration students participated in the event: Kyle Chu, Nick Cianci and Robyn Worrall.
Here are the results from the other competitions:
Lunchtime Mini-Creativity Challenge
1st Place – SUNY New Paltz
2nd Place – Clarkson University
3rd Place – SUNY Albany
Creativity & Innovation Challenge – Muller’s Smart Carts
1st Place – St. Michael’s College
2nd Place – SUNY Adirondack
3rd Place – Clarkson University