Business Students Compete In National Collegiate Accounting Event

Updated 11/14: Online voting is open as of today. You can see and vote for the video produced by the Saint Anselm College Hawks, a team of four accounting students who were among ten teams selected from a field of nearly 200 to advance to this round. If they win this round, they will earn one of three berths in the finals, which will take place in Washington D.C.


Four future accountants from Saint Anselm College have moved into the second round of a national collegiate accounting competition, and now are competing for a chance to win $10,000 in scholarship. Seniors Caitlin Perry, of Weymouth, Mass., Marc Carrie, Walpole, Mass.; Kerryn Loan, Charlestown, Mass., and junior Matthew Robbins, of Holden, Mass., all accounting majors, formed one of 200 teams to participate in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) accounting competition.

Saint Anselm College Accounting Team, from left, Matt Robins, Kerryn Loan, Marc Currie and Caitlin Perry

Matt Robins, Kerryn Loan, Marc Currie and Caitlin Perry.

The Saint Anselm College Hawks, as the team calls itself, were one of only 10 teams to move into round two, beating representatives from nationally known programs, said advisor Michael McGuinness, associate professor of economics and business.

To qualify for one of just three spots in the final round, the students must create a video and prepare a 1,500-word essay explaining their solution to a forensics accounting problem. They must demonstrate auditing and fraud detection skills in order to win.

The videos will be posted on the AICPA website Nov. 14 and presented for public voting. Please sign onto www.thiswaytocpa.com to vote for the Saint Anselm College Hawk’s video and essay.

Other teams in this round are from Pepperdine University, Ohio Dominican University, University of Texas at Dallas, Catawba Valley Community College, Iowa State University, University of Missouri, Belmont University, North Carolina State University, and California State University, Los Angeles/University of California, Riverside.

The initial rounds of the competition are held online, but should the team advance to the finals, members will be flown to Washington D.C. to compete for $10,000 in scholarships.

Photo courtesy of BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER

  • Bruce Fortin '75, CPA

    Nice Job!

    If you're reading this and you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for?