Students Place 2nd in State Accounting Competition
Seated from left: EKU PEAK team members Nikolai Horohov, Lexington; Ashley Morris, Louisville; Kaci Knack, Campton; Anthony Kuhl, Alexandria; and alternate Trung Ngo, Hanoi, Vietnam. Standing: team adviser Dr. MaryBeth Holbrook.
A team of five Eastern accounting majors came in second place at the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accounts’ annual Promote and Encourage Accounting in Kentucky (PEAK) competition in Louisville, April 27.
Advised by EKU accounting faculty members Dr. MaryBeth Holbrook and Dr. Leslee Higgins, Eastern’s PEAK team members included team captain Nikolai Horohoy, Lexington; Ashley Morris, Louisville; Anthony Kul, Alexandria; Kaci Knack, Campton; and alternate Trung Ngo, Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Jeopardy-style competition for undergraduate and certificate students involved teams from many Kentucky schools. After defeating four other state teams, including Murray State, Western Kentucky and Morehead State in the first round, EKU advanced to the second round with Lindsay Wilson College and Berea College. For its efforts, the team was awarded second-place medallions and one section of the Becker review materials for the school.
“Finishing second in the state is a clear indicator of the quality education students receive in the accounting program at EKU,” Holbrook said.
The PEAK competition was held in conjunction with the KYCPA spring banquet, at which the Kentucky Society Educational Foundation awards scholarships in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to outstanding accounting students across the state.
EKU accounting students Brittany Neaves, of Mt. Sterling, received the Gordon Ford Memorial Scholarship, and Ashley Morris, of Louisville, received the National Insurance Agency Scholarship. These scholarships recognize students planning to become CPAs for their scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.
Also at the Spring Awards Banquet, three graduates from the EKU business program were recognized. Kelly Jowski, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., a 2010 accounting certificate graduate, successfully completed the uniform CPA exam and will receive her certificate upon completion of the experience requirement.
In addition, two graduates of the EKU Master’s of Business Administration program received their CPA certificates. Jordan Allen Carter, of Harris & Associates PSC in Somerset, and Spencer Rogers, of Danville, were sworn in by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway at the ceremony. Carter is a fall graduate of the MBA program with the accounting option, and Rogers completed the MBA in 2004.
“EKU accounting graduates are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools,” said Dr. Oliver Feltus, chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. “It is rewarding to see our students compete successfully with the best students from Kentucky and frequently surpass those from other institutions.”