The weeklong training event is open to high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in accounting or business. Each student earned one college credit and was placed in the running for one of three USD scholarships presented at the conclusion. The accounting institute allows high school students to learn, network and explore a field that’s in high demand. This year’s institute included field trips to a national public accounting firm and various regional businesses.

“The institute offers a wonderful chance for students gain firsthand knowledge of the many opportunities available through an accounting career,” said Erin Cornelsen, accounting instructor at USD.

Students who completed the five-day institute:

  • Iowa: Ander Tebbutt, Ames; Emma De Jong, Orange City; and Mark VanderVeen, Spirit Lake.
  • Nebraska: Kimberly Bargen and Mason Roth, Deshler; Heidi Saner, Dunning; Shaelynn Goodall, Hardy.
  • South Dakota: Luke Freebern, Dakota Dunes; Derek Bierschbach, Madison; Justin Schweer, Milbank; Hannah Gates, Davis Anderson, Mary Howard, Ruth Howard and Abby Gunderson, Pierre; Eric Fajgl, Jake Berzina and Grant Casey, Rapid City; Lexus MacDannald, Andrew Tiede, Anthony Haan and Kadesia Jones, Sioux Falls; Daxten Diede, St. Lawrence; Jared Storms, Summit.
  • Texas: Andrew Morrison, Katy.

Emma DeJong, Mark VanderVeen and Jared Storms were awarded the three USD scholarships.

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