Accounting Students Take First Place in Statewide Competition

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Five Eastern Kentucky University accounting students brought home the first-place trophy from this year's statewide PEAK competition on April 26.

Hosted in Louisville and co-hosted by the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KYCPA) and Becker CPA Exam Review, the Jeopardy-style event is designed to Promote and Encourage Accounting in Kentucky (PEAK).

EKU’s 2014 PEAK Team, advised by Dr. MaryBeth Holbrook, assistant professor of accounting, included Jacob Carberry, Franklin, Ohio; Andrew Hicks, Junction City; Shelby Howell, Berea; Brian Overall, Waco; and Sam Shearer, Winchester. EKU alum and MBA student Brittany Neaves, of Mt. Sterling, was the team's assistant adviser.

"Year after year, the students who participate in PEAK are motivated, bright, and well on their way to successful careers," said Holbrook. "Our performance (in the event) pays tribute to the strong accounting program we have at Eastern Kentucky University and the outstanding students EKU serves. It was a great day for EKU Accounting!"

Neaves said EKU’s second-place finish each of the past three years made the victory “even sweeter.”

The PEAK competition was held in conjunction with the KYCPA spring banquet, where the Kentucky Society Educational Foundation awards scholarships in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to outstanding accounting students across the state. KYCPA scholarship recipients included Neaves and Shearer. Two EKU alums, Jamie (Gregory) Cope and Charles Tolliver, also received their CPA certificates.

“EKU accounting graduates are highly sought after by both employers and graduate schools,” said Dr. Oliver Feltus, chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. “Winning the PEAK competition is further proof that our students can compete successfully with the best students from other Kentucky institutions.”

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Published on April 29, 2014

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