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SU Wins Second Consecutive Goodman Accounting Challenge

SALISBURY, MD---When it comes to accounting, Salisbury University students are No. 1 in the Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., region for the second straight year.

SU’s team recently took first place in the annual Goodman Accounting Challenge, giving Salisbury back-to-back wins in the competition. Members of the first-place team included senior Ross Crosby of Columbia, MD; second-degree student Audrey McKenrick of Easton, MD; and seniors Kyle Smith and Brittany Stern, both of Salisbury.

“We have entered 15 teams into the preliminary challenge over the past seven years, 11 have made it to the finals, and we have won it three times,” said Dr. Kenneth Smith, who co-advises the team with Dr. Pat Derrick, both of the Accounting and Legal Studies Department. “No other school has placed more than four teams in the finals over this same time period.”

Other teams in this year’s competition included American University, James Madison University and the University of Virginia.

Hosted by the Virginia-based Goodman & Co., one of the nation’s largest accounting and consulting firms, the challenge is an interactive and educational competition created to promote the integrity of the accounting profession and recognize outstanding students. The contest is open to those in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

During the contest, each student team takes a pre-qualifying test at its home campus. The five highest-scoring teams compete in the final challenge, a six-hour exam hosted by Goodman in Glen Allen, VA.

Students on the first-place team earned $1,500 each, with an additional $2,500 going to SU’s Accounting and Legal Studies Department.

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