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High school students learn accounting policies career opportunities at 2013 USD Summer Accounting

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eighteen high school students from four Midwestern states were recent guests of the University of South Dakota for the 2013 Summer Accounting Institute.

Open to high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in accounting or majoring in business, students earned one college credit with the successful completion of the Summer Accounting Institute. Students completing the five-day Institute were: Natalie Nulle of Manning, Iowa; Htoo Say and Marilyn Lo of Des Moines, Iowa; Abby Lubeck of Cherokee, Iowa; Brendan Norris of Moville, Iowa; Chelsea Strohman of Mallard, Iowa; Matthew Koehler of Wausa, Neb.; Austin Krejdl and Griffin York of Oxford, Neb.; Troy Christians of Wilmont, Minn.; Ashley Jansma of Worthington, Minn.; Kelsey Kinner of Elkton, S.D.; Whitney Fowkes of Mitchell, S.D.; Rebecca Hupke, Sterling Cook, Shelby Anderson and Sara Erickson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Samantha Luttrell of Clark, S.D.

This year’s Institute, July 14-18, included field trips to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses as well as seminars and lectures featuring some of the area’s top accountants. Participants also explored career opportunities in accounting and finance, listened to faculty presentations and participated in fun events, including a pizza party at Prentis Park in Vermillion, an afternoon and evening at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls, S.D., and bowling and movies throughout the week. Team and individual awards were also presented to camp participants, and four students were awarded scholarships that can be used to attend USD to study accounting.

Sponsors of this year’s Institute included Deloitte; Eide Bailly; KPMG; McGladrey & Pullen Certified Public Accountants; The South Dakota CPA Society; Ernst & Young; Daniel, Meyer, Casey, Peterson & Associates, Ltd.; Jones, Kramer & Haber, LLP; Daktronics; South Dakota Investment Council; USD Beacom Opportunity Fund; Ketel Thorstenson, LLP; Brandt, Solomon and Anderson LLP; and Williams and Company, PC. The 2014 Summer Accounting Institute will be held July 13-17.

For more information about the Summer Accounting Institute or the accounting program at USD, please contact Erin Cornelsen,, (605) 677-5499, or visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News