AccountingWeb reports that the UNLV team’s top finish in the competition earned a $5,000 award for their school. Students from North Carolina State University placed second, taking home $3,000 for their university. The third-place team from the University of Southern Indiana earned $2,000 for their school.
In addition, each of the three finalist teams received a $10,000 award to be split among the team members. All of the awards are funded by the AICPA Foundation.
Bill Balhoff, CPA, CGMA, immediate past chairman of the AICPA, and one of the final round judges, lauded the performance of the finalists. “I was extremely impressed with the level of detail these talented students put into their plans, as well as their polished presentation skills,” he said.
The UNLV team, named Accounting REBEL-ation, is comprised of Annegenelle Figueroa (Captain), Kevin Curry (Member), Brett Sebastian (Member), Kayla Shim (Member) and Daniel Siciliano (Faculty advisor).
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun about the competition, Siciliano quipped, “when I went to UNLV, we won the national basketball championship in 1990. So we like winners in Las Vegas.