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Accounting policies, career opportunities highlight 2014 Summer Accounting Institute for area high school students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Thirty high school students from four Midwestern states were recent guests of the University of South Dakota for the 2014 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: Ashlyn O’Daniel and Zoe Cosato of Redfield, S.D.; Lauren Schmidt of Deshler, Neb.; Megan Erickson of Montrose, S.D.; Bobbie-Jo O’Neil of Balaton, Minn.; Shelby Riggs and Noah Thompson of Mitchell, S.D.; Mark Ahlers and Christopher Jansen of Sheldon, Iowa; Kyran Medicine Eagle of Chamberlain, S.D.; Lydia Homandberg of Slayton, Minn.; Teddy Beth McMahon of Wisner, Neb.; Raina David of Mount Vernon, Iowa; Melissa Gunnink, Gavin Salonen, Lucas Hoffman and Cole Harder of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Hannah Person of Polk, Neb.; Viola Ishmael of Gayville, S.D.; Matt Leiferman of White, S.D.; Katie Storm of Archer, Iowa; Brook Benes of Lincoln, Neb.; Dominika Jedinak of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Wade Weber of Emery, S.D.; Ryan Styles and Allison Odens of Vermillion; Farruzah Hutchison and Fatmata Coomber of Grand Forks, N.D.; Maria Schwader of Winfred, S.D. and Leah Rogness of Astoria, S.D.

This year’s institute, which was July 13 through July 17, 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 received scholarships to attend USD to study accounting.

Sponsors of the Summer Accounting 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; Steven Sikorski; and Williams and Company, PC.


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