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Fisher Students Compete in PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Competition


Fisher Students Compete in PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Competition

On Friday, November 12, 35 St. John Fisher College accounting students competed in the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tax competition, sponsored by PwC. Fisher is one of only 30 colleges from around the country selected to participate.

There were a total of seven Fisher teams competing, and each team had a faculty coach assigned to them. PwC gave the teams a real-life case that they would receive working in an accounting firm, and they had two weeks to work as a group to develop a solution and a presentation. The presentations were to be 12 minutes in length, and were made to a panel of judges from the local office of PwC.

The teams included:

Team 1
Joe Pelych
Lauren Frumusa
Lauren Richards
Dan Agan
Katie Fandrich

Team 2
Mark Fancher
Brianna Rawleigh
Cory Morton
Greg Simmons
Amanda Butler

Team 3
JP Nightengale
Michael Czlonka
Joe Brienzi
Jenny Beacham
Chris Covey

Team 4
Andrew Bolby
Kiani Schultz
Samuel Rosensweig
Sarah Fordyce
Anthony Venette

Team 5
Chad Ernisse
Greg Church
Charonda Parker
Lena Abazaga
James Butera

Team 6
Erin Sansocie
Michelle Lesser
Eric Swartz
Nicole Warran
Danielle Ruscio

Team 7
Kellie McCaffery
Erica Lafe
Samantha Schulze
Eric Williams
Jeff Stelianou

After hours of competition, the panel announced that the winning team was Team 5 (Chad Ernisse, Greg Church, Charonda Parker, Lena Abazaga, and James Butera.) As the winners, the students received a $1,000 cash prize from PwC. In addition, video of their presentation will be submitted to PwC’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the opportunity to compete in round two with 29 other colleges. Five presentations are chosen for the third and final round, and those teams will win a $10,000 cash prize and the chance to present at PwC in Washington.

“I am always extremely proud of how professional our students are in their presentations, and they represent our accounting program very well,” said Dr. Michael Fedoryshyn, associate professor and chair, Accounting/Finance Department.


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