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WIU Welcomed Area Students for Accounting Challenge

April 21, 2014


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MACOMB, IL - - Area high school students demonstrated their financial accounting knowledge at Western Illinois University on Friday, April 11 at the ninth annual Accounting Challenge. The event, sponsored by Western's Department of Accounting and Finance, the WIU chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) and the Illinois CPA Society, gave students a chance to showcase their skills through a written competition and provided information about Western's accountancy program and the WIU College of Business and Technology.

Six area high schools and 52 students competed to win scholarships to go toward a WIU accounting major. The participating high schools included Astoria, Bushnell-Prairie City, Macomb, Rushville-Industry, Spoon River Valley and United.

While the students tested, an education round table was conducted for the instructors, led by Accounting Department Chair Greg Woodruff.

Individual Awards:

Division I
First Place: Blake Driskell, Macomb High School
Second Place: Amber Owens, Macomb High School
Third Place: Jacob Smith, Macomb High School
Third Place: Krysta Bear, Macomb High School
Fourth Place: Jake Billeter, Macomb High School
Fifth Place: Carly Becker, Macomb High School

Division II
First Place: Haley Osborn, United High School
First Place: Cameron Smith, United High School
Second Place: Tara Kline, United High School
Second Place: Justine Peel, United High School
Third Place: Marvin Vogle, United High School
Third Place: Dakota Ward, Spoon River Valley High School
Fourth Place: Caitlin Suter, Bushnell-Prairie City High School
Fifth Place: Chris Peteman-Hayes, Astoria High School

Team Awards:

Division 1
First Place: Bad Assets, Macomb High School, team members included Bear, Becker and Owens

Second Place: Lost Interest, Macomb High School, team members included Billeter, Driskell and Blake Lowderman

Third Place: Retained Burnings, Macomb High School, team Members included Damone Doyle, Cody Locke and Jacob Smith

Division II
First Place: Accountants Appreciate a Good Figure, United High School, team members included Cameron Smith, Dalton Frieden, Kline and Peel

Second Place: 3 Americans and a German, team members included Osborn, Miranda Tharp, Jenn Price and Vogel

Third Place: Astoria Accounting Masters, Astoria High School, team members included Peterman-Hayes, Caleb Webb, Garrett Man and Jett Jones

Other Awards
Best Dressed Award: The Purple Team, Rushville-Industry High School
Best Team Name: Accountants Appreciate a Good Figure, United High School

For more information, contact Cheryl Westen at (309) 298-1152 or CA-Westen@wiu.edu. Learn more about WIU's accounting department at wiu.edu/accountancy.

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