App State's Team Wins First Place in Selective Team College Competition

Last Friday, Appalachian State’s Selective Insurance College Competition team won first place. The competition challenges student teams to operate a visual insurance agency. The App State team consisted of seniors Sammy Storey, Harlee Hawthorne, Matthew Helms, Hunter Grady, and juniors Greg Johnston and Tanner Grail. Dr. David Marlett, Managing Director of the Brantley Center and faculty advisor to the team, said about the team “we are tremendously proud of our students and appreciate the support from the team mentors. They invested a great deal of time and energy into this competition and this experiential learning opportunity certainly helps prepare them for their professional career". 


Selective’s College Competition brings together teams of college students to obtain valuable insurance career-building experience and networking opportunities with the guidance and mentorship of industry experts from Selective and independent insurance agencies. This year’s participating teams from Appalachian State University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Le Moyne College, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte were comprised of students majoring in Risk Management, Insurance, Business, Actuarial Science, Sales, or Finance. Using PriSim’s Agency ChallengeTM computerized business solution, each team ran a simulated insurance agency and competed in weekly challenges that helped build their understanding of insurance carriers, customer service, staffing, sales, and financial management.

The Indiana State University team placed second, while the University of North Carolina - Charlotte team came in third place. Selective will be making monetary donations to support the top three teams’ chapters of Gamma Iota Sigma, an international professional fraternity organized to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions.

About Selective Insurance Group, Inc.

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) is a holding company for 10 property and casualty insurance companies rated "A+" (Superior) by AM Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks and flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program's Write Your Own Program. Selective's unique position as both a leading insurance group and an employer of choice is recognized in a wide variety of awards and honors, including the Fortune 1000 and being named a Great Place to Work® in 2021. For more information about Selective, visit

About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk & Insurance Center at Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation, and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs, and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

Appalachian's Risk Management & Insurance Program is the sixth-largest in the country according to Business Insurance magazine. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society.

Published: Mar 2, 2022 4:14pm