February 19, 2018Hundreds of high school students will compete in SIU’s 2018 Accounting Challenge
by Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Scholarships, trophies and bragging rights are on the line as hundreds of high school students compete in the 20th annual Accounting Challenge at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Feb. 23.
About 230 students will participate at the Student Recreation Center’s small gymnasium. The challenge, sponsored by the School of Accountancy in SIU’s College of Business, incorporates individual and team contests.
First, participants will prove their accounting prowess during an individual knowledge test. Then, working in teams, they will complete in a unique hands-on activity that tests their skills, problem-solving ability and knowledge.
Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the team competition part of the 2018 Accounting Challenge. It will take place from about 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 23, in the small gymnasium at the Student Recreation Center. The awards presentation is set for about 1 p.m.
Competition includes written tests and team challenge
The Accounting Challenge kicks off about 9 a.m. with an academic competition. Students will complete written tests that assess their accounting knowledge and skills.
The competitors earning the highest scores in each division will win certificates and scholarships worth up to $500 if they attend SIU and major in accounting. The divisions include: accounting I and advanced accounting.
The gym will really come alive with activity about 10:30 a.m. when the team challenge kicks off. Participants will work in teams, using their problem-solving abilities to tackle a unique task.
Each year’s feat is a surprise and even the event coordinators aren’t in on the secret until that day because Larry Busch, an emeritus SIU School of Art and Design faculty member, designs the challenge. Previous challenges have been thought-provoking and fun.
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