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Beacom Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

USD The USD Beacom School of Business accounting and finance division announced the student recipients of the 2020 top performance awards.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business accounting and finance division announced the student recipients of the 2020 top performance awards. A formal recognition dinner is planned for April 2021 and will include recognition of top alumni and leaders in the accounting and finance industries.

The top performance awards are presented to students based on their academic achievements, community involvement, membership in USD’s accounting and finance organizations and community service activities. Students who receive this award were nominated by accounting and finance faculty after submitting applications and resumes for top performance award consideration.

“This year we had a really outstanding group of students who stood out academically and through their community and extracurricular involvement,” said Erin Cornelsen, accounting faculty and chair of the Accounting & Finance Recognition Dinner Committee. “We look forward to celebrating the hard work and dedication of these students in the spring.”

The following 31 students received top performance awards for 2020.

  • Logan Bunkers
  • Andrew Castle
  • Bethany DeGroot
  • Alex Jared
  • Raghav Jayaprakash
  • Laerke Jensen
  • Amanda Johnson
  • Logan Johnson
  • Trent Kingsbury
  • Logan Klaudt
  • Emily Kraemer
  • Erin Kueter
  • Zachary Lemon
  • Johnathon Loofe
  • Andrew Malaterre
  • Allison Moerke
  • Zachary Motl
  • Alex Nelson
  • Saige Ochsendorf
  • Tate Olsen
  • Cooper Olthoff
  • Drue Pieper
  • Kelsey Plumb
  • Zane Rankin
  • Ashleigh Rodriguez
  • Nicholas Rokusek
  • Michaela Rotert
  • Justin Schweer
  • Madison Weber
  • Jennifer Weisenborn
  • Madilyn Wright


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News