February 03, 2010

Accounting Challenge draws record participation

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A record number of high school and community college students will compete in the 12th annual Southern Illinois University Carbondale Accounting Challenge on Friday, Feb. 5.

The School of Accountancy in the College of Business and the Accounting Circle, comprised of alumni and friends of the school, are sponsors for the event. It runs from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the Accounting Challenge. The schools will participate in the team competition 10:15 a.m. to noon.

There are 382 students registered for this year’s challenge. Participating high school districts include: Anna-Jonesboro, Cairo, Carbondale, Carrier Mills-Stonefort, Central High School in Breese, Christopher, Edwards County, Eldorado, Fairfield, Flora, Gallatin County, Hamilton County, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Marion, Massac County, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Vernon, Pinckneyville, Red Bud, Salem, Steeleville, Tuscola, West Richland and Webber Township. Also signed up are Shawnee and John A. Logan community colleges.

Students will test their knowledge of basic and advanced accounting principles on an exam. There’s also a team competition testing their communication, teamwork and other skills. Winning teams get trophies while individual winners receive plaques and scholarships they can claim if they attend SIUC and major in accountancy. Event participants will also tour and College of Business.

For more information about the Accounting Challenge, contact Marcus D. Odom, Deloitte and Touche Faculty Fellow and Accountancy School director, at 618/453-2289 or e-mail siu.accounting.challenge@gmail.com.