St. Mary’s University students were on two winning teams in the Free Trade Alliance Future Global Leaders: International Business Plan competition held recently in San Antonio.

The competition included graduate and undergraduate students from 22 colleges and universities around the world. The teams were tasked with developing a complete international business plan involving the import or export of a good or service in a way that fosters sustainability, utilizes renewable resources and addresses disposal of the product and packaging after consumption.

The first place team in the Undergraduate Division included five St. Mary’s students who won $1,000 each. The second place undergraduate team included two St. Mary’s students, who each won $500.

The St. Mary’s students on the first place team were Andrej Klipa, Eric Escamilla, Luis Montealegre, Celina Garcia and Alexia Dabdoub. Kris Kieswetter of KCI Medical served as their mentor.

The St. Mary’s students on the second place team were Paola Retes and Mariangela Zavala. The other three students were from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Rebeca Barrera from Scholastic Books served as their mentor.

The Free Trade Alliance, which is based in San Antonio, is a not for profit public-private organization dedicated to educating and preparing students to compete and thrive in the global marketplace, primarily through its Future Global Leaders Coalition.


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