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2011 Program Highlights

Click on the title for each week to view the winners of other categories and the final banquet video for each session.

Week I


Week 2

Shades of Glory

Week 3


Week 4

Look Inc.

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Photos from
PFEW 2011

Robb Armstrong takes time to talk to the students after his PFEW address.

Students work on advertising projects.

Students enjoying one of the many speakers at PFEW.

Company Advisor Chuck Baker and his team "Patriarch".

Are you a PFEW Graduate? We would love to hear your story!
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Dear Lowman,

Considering that we are getting near the Major League Baseball playoffs, home-run is the perfect word to describe the four sessions of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2011. When our fourth and final class graduated on the evening of Friday, August 12th, 1,421 students, along with more than 200 volunteer business men and women, had taken the "PFEW Journey." Eighty-four "management teams" operated their fictitious corporations over a computer-simulated three-year period, making all the same decisions that real-life corporate executives do day-in-and-day-out which spell success or failure for their own companies.

In addition to operating their firms as the core activity of the week, the students had the opportunity to hear from world-class speakers on a variety of topics germane to the highly competitive world of business today including: Finance ~Banking; Business Ethics; Teamwork; Business ~Government and many more. Topping off the week, the teams competed in oral presentations including a full-blown "Annual Meeting" to their "Stockholders", and a complete "Marketing/Advertising Presentation" to panels of professionals. What a ride our students had!

And what was the response of our students? Consider the following quotes just a few of the hundreds we received from excited graduates:

"PFEW has been an absolute dream come true, it took exactly what I want to do in life and combined it all into a week of learning. This was an untouchable and unforgettable week in my life that I will never take for granted. I plan to use what I learned and go about life in an improved way. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I will never forget it!"
-Lauren Suelke, Quakertown Community SHS


"PFEW has a near perfect balance between its serious aspects and its entertainment, and, when you combine that with the incredible people involved in the program, both students and staff alike, you have an invaluable experience that will last and guide many of us throughout our lives and careers."
-Justin Foster, Grove City Area HS


"At the beginning of the week, we were told this will be the best week of our summer if we embrace it. I completely embraced my experience and loved every moment. This program has instilled the values in me I always wished to possess."
-Kayla Kalinoski, Holy Cross HS


"By supporting PFEW, it allows students to participate in the chance of a lifetime, the chance to not only learn business skills but to learn that life is what you make of it and that leadership starts with one person and ends with a lifetime of happiness."
-Matt Kelly, William Tennent HS/Middle Bucks Institute of Technology


"At PFEW I became familiar with the business industry - I was able to exercise and improve my leadership skills and gain a wealth of knowledge that I truly believe I would not have been able to find anywhere else."
-Fallon O'Neill, Manheim Twp HS

Thank you letters will soon be going out to all of our donors and volunteers who made PFEW a reality this year. We are also in production of our fall newsletter which will give even more specific details about this summer's exhilarating four sessions. If you click on the links to the left, you can take a virtual pictorial journey into the four sessions, the teams and the closing banquets of each week.

What a summer it was --thank you to everyone who helped make PFEW 2011 so memorable for the young men and women who took the journey with us!

The PFEW Staff

More Photos from PFEW 2011

"Team Tooth" show off their advertising campaign.

Students prepare for their Friday presentations.

PFEW isn't all work and no play. Here,
students prepare for the Executive Fitness Competition aka Volleyball.

The first team building activity of the week, "Junk Night".

In the News
Recently, PFEW was featured in several publications. We thought we'd take the time to share the articles with you. Click the links below to read more about PFEW 2011.
Centre County Community Foundation
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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