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Area high school students attend Summer Accounting Institute

VERMILLION -- Thirty high school students from four Midwestern states were recent guests of the University of South Dakota for the 2014 Summer Accounting Institute.

Open to high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in accounting or majoring in business, students earned one college credit with the successful completion of the Summer Accounting Institute.

Area students completing the five-day institute included: Megan Erickson, Montrose; Shelby Riggs and Noah Thompson, Mitchell; Kyran Medicine Eagle, Chamberlain; and Wade Weber, Emery.

This year's institute, which was July 13 through July 17, included field trips to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses, as well as seminars and lectures featuring some of the area's top accountants. Participants also explored career opportunities in accounting and finance, listened to faculty presentations and participated in fun events, including a pizza party at Prentis Park in Vermillion, an afternoon and evening at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls and bowling and movies throughout the week. Team and individual awards were also presented to camp participants, and four students received scholarships to attend USD to study accounting.

Sponsors of the Summer Accounting Institute included Deloitte; Eide Bailly; KPMG; McGladrey & Pullen Certified Public Accountants; The South Dakota CPA Society; Ernst & Young; Daniel, Meyer, Casey, Peterson & Associates Ltd.; Jones, Kramer & Haber LLP; Daktronics; South Dakota Investment Council; USD Beacom Opportunity Fund; Ketel Thorstenson LLP; Brandt, Solomon and Anderson LLP; Steven Sikorski; and Williams and Company PC.