SSU teams shine at accounting competition, and are looking to head to Washington, D.C.
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Two teams of Sonoma State University students won the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge, earning them $1,000 each on Oct. 29.  

The first place team’s presentation will be submitted for the next stage of the challenge, where, if selected, they will be awarded $10,000 and be one of five teams to compete in Washington, D.C. 

“This is not a competition that you apply to; this is a competition where you must be invited to.  I think this is just another validation of the progress Sonoma State University has made in enhancing the reputation of its accounting program in the community,” explained Professor Joe Standridge, the faculty advisor for the PwC Challenge as well as Sonoma State’s Accounting Forum.

So what were the PwC judges looking for? Not just good test takers, but students who think critically, communicate effectively and use teamwork to succeed- all qualities they are looking for in someone they would hire, as seen in the winning team, “TAAN,” made up of Tom Lynch, Aileen Robinson, Alexa Bridge and Nathan Norris.

Sixty-four Sonoma State students competed in the challenge, which is a case competition that gives students the opportunity to increase their exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting.  

The second place team, “Tax Heroes,” was comprised of James Hare, Brice Dirden, Austin Heiland and Isabel Karst.

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