Case study competition tests students’ accounting skills

Junior and senior Accounting students had the chance to practice their skills in Oglethorpe’s first Intermediate Accounting II Case Competition, held on campus in April.

“More than ever before, accounting students need to find ways to stand out in the marketplace and demonstrate their ability to do more than crunch numbers,” said assistant professor of accounting Dr. Floran Syler, CPA, who organized the competition for her class. “Case Study competitions are an ideal way for them to do this.”

The winning team presented a case titled “A Network of Ideas”: Zeina Skaf, Kevin Kim, Laarni Mata, Daniela Ramon and Michael Turner.

The judges debate the merits of the students’ presentations.

Students used critical thinking skills and recent accounting policies to analyze two real-life revenue recognition cases from the Deloitte Trueblood Case Studies, which help teach new developments in auditing and accounting.

The case studies, prepared by Deloitte professionals, are based on recent technical issues that often require significant research and judgment. The case topics highlight the “gray” areas of accounting and help prepare students for the types of questions likely to arise in professional practice. These seminars help professors enrich the accounting curriculum to reflect the necessary skills of the auditor of the future.

The winning team, which presented the case “A Network of Ideas,” included: Zeina SkafKevin Kim, Laarni MataDaniela RamonMichael Turner.

The competing team presented “Cable Guys” and included: Michael RulisonJezziah MillinJose Franco-Zuniga, Celina Kassam and Deborah Youmans.

The competition was judged by alumni Adam Repasy ’13 and George Jones ’10 from CPA firm Warren Averett, and Dr. Jeanette K. Miller, lecturer in finance, corporate finance, business analytics and entrepreneurship. 

The competing team presented “Cable Guys” and included: Michael Rulison, Jezziah Millin, Jose Franco-Zuniga, Celina Kassam and Deborah Youmans.


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