Thirteen high school students from three Midwestern states learned about accounting as a profession and earned one college credit in the five-day University of South Dakota 2015 Summer Accounting Institute.
The participants, high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in accounting or majoring in business: South Dakota: Hallie Dunn, Pierre; Benjamin Newman, Rapid City; Peyton Heitkamp, Garretson; Benjamin Boehrns, Sioux Falls; Chad Zimmer, Sioux Falls; Alex Nelson, Sioux Falls; Jennifer Kenaston, Miller; Bailee Smith, Salem; Cody Perakslis, Yankton; Iowa: Danielle Martin, Le Mars; Morgan Madson, Sioux City; and Madison Tentinger, Remsen; Illinois: Zoe Potts, Normal.
This year’s institute 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, worked on an accounting case related to the accounting cycle and explored how Excel is used in the field. They also took part in fun events such as a pizza party at Prentis Park in Vermillion, an afternoon and evening at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls, 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; Williams and Co. PC; Clifton Larson Allen; Woltman Group PC; Jo Wohlenberg, CPA; and Scott Bieber, CPA, and Lynelle Bieber, CPA.
For more information about the Summer Accounting Institute or the accounting program at USD, please contact Erin Cornelsen at Erin.Cornelsen@usd.edu or 605-677-5499, or visit USD's accounting department.