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Fisher Students Compete in PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Competition


Fisher Students Compete in PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Competition

On Friday, November 8, 39 St. John Fisher College accounting students competed in the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tax competition, sponsored by PwC. Fisher is one of 90 colleges from around the country selected to participate.

There were a total of eight Fisher teams competing, and each team had faculty and PwC mentors 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 students presented to a panel of judges from the local office of PwC.

The teams included:

Team 1
Daniel Kelley
Kyle Stich
James Sidoti
Chris Dugan
Nick Carl

Team 2
Katie Pasier
Andrew Moyer
Emma Krieg
Michael Dix
Hannah Martella

Team 3
Jen Agan
Brian Johnson
Kyle Volo
Jessica Martinez
Marissa Budwey

Team 4
Dakota Packman
Erin Heizyk
Shannon Bamann
Morgan Christiansen
Mike Roman


Team 5
Anthony Venette
Maria Siler
Brendan Hughes
Jadon O'Donnell

Team 6
Mike Vacanti
Michelle Jennejohn
Andrea Eckert
Leah Bitetti
Tom Kline

Team 7
James Draveck
Caitlin Callaway
Crosby Lamont
William Price
Roman Cwynar

Team 8
Serena Everett
Tanya Taylor
Dan Yancone
Joel Castellini
Maria Righi

After hours of competition, the panel announced that the winning team was Team 3 (Brian Johnson, Jessica Martinez, Jen Agan, Kyle Volo, and Marissa Budwey). The team mentors were Christina Spindler and Michael Messenger. The second place team was Team 5 (Anthony Venette, Maria Siler, Brendan Hughes, and Jadon O'Donnell), and the team mentors were Lynn Mucenski-Keck and Andrew Bowlby.

The winning team received a $1,000 cash prize from PwC. In addition, a video of their presentation will be submitted to PwC’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the opportunity to compete in round two. 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.

First Place Team PwC

(From L to R): Jessica Martinez, Christina Spindler, Kyle Volo, Jen Agan, Marissa Budwey, Brian Johnson, and Matt Parrilli.

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