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Individual Winners: l-r, Nick Banach, Accountancy Chair Jack Elfrink, Samantha Brown, Alyssa Swanson
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1st Place Team: Becca Roberts, Kate Durkin, Nick Banach, MSH Teacher Merikay Potter
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2nd Place Team: MHS Teacher Merikay Potter, Samantha Brown, Fawzyah Baukari, Jacyln Lucas, Terrance Simpson
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3rd Place Team: Aric Cremer, Brad Schmidt, Brad Ackers, Kyle Rusher, MHS Teacher Merikay Potter
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Annual Accounting Challenge

April 26, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- A Macomb High School student was the first place award winner and three Macomb High School teams swept the team competition at the Second Annual Western Illinois University High School Accounting Challenge at the WIU-Macomb campus April 13.

Sponsored by the Illinois CPA Society and Western's accountancy department, the challenge gives students in the west central Illinois region an opportunity to demonstrate their financial accounting knowledge in a written competition, said Marcia Lucas, challenge coordinator and accountancy professor.

Nick Banach of Macomb Senior High School placed first in the individual competition. He received a $500 WIU scholarship. Samantha Brown, also of Macomb High, placed second and received a $300 scholarship, while Alyssa Swanson of LaHarpe High School placed third and received a $200 scholarship.

The winning Macomb teams, taught by Merikay Potter, included: Macomb High Contra Losers (Banach, Kate Durkin and Becca Roberts), first place; Macomb High Auditors (Fawzyah Baukari, Brown, Jaclyn Lucas and Terrance Simpson), second place; and Macomb High LIFO's (Brad Ackers, Aric Cremer, Kyle Rusher and Brad Schmidt), third place.

"The Accounting Challenge not only promotes accounting as a profession, but also gives the area high school students the chance to learn about the opportunities the department of accountancy, the College of Business and Technology and Western can provide," Lucas added.

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