Whitman MBAs win annual Duke MBA games for second year in a row

Whitman Team 2 (3)

Fifteen MBA students from the Whitman School of Management took first place at the annual Duke MBA Games this past weekend at Duke University in Durham, N.C., repeating their 2012 victory. The annual competition, which raises money for Special Olympics, culminates in a weekend-long competition among teams from the country’s top MBA programs. Rice University and Purdue University (Krannert) placed second and third, respectively.

The Whitman team raised over $6,500 for Special Olympics and competed in events such as tug of war, soccer relay, dance competition, bean bag toss and more alongside Special Olympics athletes. The event resulted in over $72,000 of funds donated to Special Olympics. Other schools competing included: Vanderbilt University (Owen), University of Virginia (Darden), Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Dartmouth College (Tuck), Columbia University, Penn State University (Smeal), University of Maryland (Smith), Babson College, and Duke University (Fuqua).

“We’re very proud that a team of full time MBA students from Whitman won the Duke MBA Games for a second year in a row,” says Amy McHale, Director of Experiential Learning at Whitman. “Not only did they excel in the various challenges of the Games, but again were among the top fundraisers with proceeds going to the Special Olympics of North Carolina.  The Duke MBA Games gives our students an opportunity to network with students from several top-ranked programs and share ideas about student organizations, case interview preparation, and more.”

The Whitman team was made of both first-year and second-year MBAs, as listed below:

Weston Ijames, ’13 MBA (team leader)
Eliza Spencer, ’13 MBA
Stephen Neff, ’13 MBA
Rebecca Schied, ’13 MBA
Joshua Schultz, ’13 MBA
Asel Otunchieva, ’13 MBA
Shayna Blumenthal, ’13 MBA
Michelle Le, ’13 MBA
Jack Weigle, ’14 MBA
Sarah McGowan, ’14 MBA
Atul Gupta, ’14 MBA
Aayushi Chiripal, ’14 MBA
Justin Cuddeback, ’14 MBA
Siddhi Pradhan, ’14 MBA
Alex Gilbert, ’14 MBA
Carlos Ferrari, ’14 MBA