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Headed to Vegas: SNC students place first in Governor’s Cup

From left, Ted Parkhill, Evan Cook, Brendan Wheelwright, Kendra Wong, and Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Hutchison, who presided over the evening.
Courtesy SNC Tahoe |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Sierra Nevada College business team 3Denim won first place in the D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition on Thursday, April 16.

This interdisciplinary team of art and business students took home the $25,000 prize, beating teams from UNR, UNLV, College of Southern Nevada and TMCC.

This is the second year in a row that SNC Tahoe students have taken the top prize at this event; Solar Powered Innovations won first prize in 2014.

The 3Denim team will head to Las Vegas to represent SNC Tahoe in the D.W. Reynolds Tri-State Business Competition May 27-28.

3Denim plans to produce custom-fitted jeans, shipped right to the customer’s door, based on a complimentary full body scan completed in boutique shops. Team captain and Global Business Management major Kelly Benson presented alongside team members Evan Cook (Art) and Brendan Wheelwright (Ski Business & Resort Management and Accounting) to a judging panel on April 15, before Benson represented the entire team Thursday as she explained the team’s business to an audience of several hundred banquet guests.

Entrepreneurship major Brian Gass also competed with his own business plan for 5G Biotechnology, a computer automated, plant-based, room air purifier unit.

5G Biotechnology was also chosen to compete in the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup, a parallel contest for undergraduate and graduate teams that are presenting business plans that employ clean, renewable, or efficient energy technologies and services.

Sierra Nevada College’s Business Department Chair, Kendra Wong, organized the D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup event this year.

In related news, SNC Tahoe faculty member Professor Ted Parkhill, who coached all the SNC Tahoe business plan teams this year, received the D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Faculty Advisor of the Year award.

This article was submitted by Sierra Nevada College. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.


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