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Area Accounting Students Take Part in WIU Accounting Challenge

April 19, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - Area high school students demonstrated their financial accounting knowledge on Western Illinois University's Macomb campus during the eighth annual Accounting Challenge, Friday, April 19.

Sponsored by WIU's accountancy department, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) and the Illinois CPA Society, the event not only provided area students a chance to showcase their accounting skills through a written competition, but it also provided them with information about Western's accountancy department and College of Business and Technology.

During this year's event, eight area high schools and a total of 84 students competed. Western awards scholarships to each first, second and third place individual winner to major in accounting at WIU.

While the students were testing, an education round table was conducted for instructors. Western faculty leading the roundtable included Greg Woodruff, chair of WIU's Department of Accounting and Finance department, and Cheryl Westen, faculty adviser of Beta Alpha Psi.

Individual Awards
Division I
First Place: Tristan Willey, Macomb High School
Second Place: Brock Gillum, Macomb High School
Third Place: Haley Hannant, Macomb High School
Fourth Place: Evan Hoon, Macomb High School
Fifth Place: Justin Rossmiller, Macomb High School

Division II
First Place: Luke Heller, Knoxville High School
Second Place: Sydney Toops, United High School
Third Place: Kalina Gordley, Rushville-Industry High School
Fourth Place: Matt Talkemeyer - Triopia High School
Fifth Place: Cameron Smith - United High School

Team Awards
Division 1
First Place: Chirped Pulse Amplifiation, Macomb High School
Team members included: Tristan Willey, Leandro Pelayo, Darby Vaughn and Sam Schmidt

Second Place: Tyler, The Accountant, Macomb High School
Team members included: Bryce Conrad, Jack Cavett, Evan Hoon and Brock Gillum.

Third Place: Inadequate Disclosure, Macomb High School
Team Members included: Kaitlin Twaddle, Justin Rossmiller, Thea Rossmiller and Quentin Rossmiller

Division II
First Place: United All-Stars, United High School
Team members included: Michelle Ravel, Lunden Steele and Sydney Toops

Second Place: KHS Krunchers, Knoxville High School
Team members included: Daniel Kidd, Jared Plue and Luke Heller

Third Place: Human Abaci, Triopia High School
Team members included: Haley Milby, Jessica Newell and Matt Talkemeyer

Other Awards
Best Dressed Award: Tyler, The Accountant, Macomb High School
Best Team Name: Inadequate Disclosure, Macomb High School

For more information, contact Westen at (309) 298-1152 or Learn more about WIU's accountancy department at

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