• 55°

RCCC accounting student named first in the nation

SALISBURY ó Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students returned from Orlando, Fla., with numerous awards ó including first prize in accounting, beating out major four-year university students in competition.
Alan Surratt competed in the ěAccounting Principlesî category and brought home first place at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Awards of Excellence on June 26.
Surratt competed against major university students, such as the University of Pennsylvania and Kansas State University, to win first place and he received an additional monetary award from KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation.
This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and who give evidence of their knowledge in solving practical accounting problems.
Ten students from Rowan-Cabarrus attended the Future Business Leaders of America conference in Orlando earlier this summer. The Rowan-Cabarrus students were among 1,800 of Americaís best and brightest college students to showcase their talents as future business leaders at the conference.
ěHaving one of our students named number one in the nation in accounting is certainly something to be proud of,î said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. ěWe are impressed with the studentsí accomplishments and extremely proud of the faculty who taught and encouraged them to prepare and perform with national excellence. These awards are a testament to the hard work of both our students and faculty.î
Charles ěEricî Susong also received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Susong competed in the ěJob Interviewî category and was awarded second place nationally. Participants were required to complete a cover letter, apply for a specific job, submit a resume and participate in a job interview. He also competed in the Human Resource Management competition.
ěIím proud of our students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events,î said Robin Turner, chairwoman of the accounting program at Rowan-Cabarrus, who attended the conference to encourage and support the students competing. Turner was Surrattís primary instructor for accounting and was influential in his success.
ěI couldnít have done it without Mrs. Turner,î said Surratt. ěWhat she taught me in class was both extremely helpful in the competition and directly relevant to real life. Iím proud and grateful to be a Rowan-Cabarrus student.î
ěWhat an honor for Rowan and Cabarrus counties,î said Carl M. Short Jr., chairman of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. ěNot everyone realizes that our students compete with major four year university students at such a high level ó the truth is, we do. The prestigious award of top accounting student in the country is a testament to Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and students.î
Additionally, Kristy Jarrett, president of the RCCC-PBL group, received recognition in ěStatistical Analysis,î winning tenth place nationally. Jarrettís ability to use statistical tools and concepts demonstrated her knowledge of and the ability to apply common techniques and statistical analysis tools.
ěI am so proud of all of our students who competed at the conference,î said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty member and chapter adviser.
The students attending the competition were:
Dona Guy, Salisbury (Financial Concepts)
Kristy Jarrett, Salisbury (Economic Analysis and Decision Making)
Benny Lefler, High Rock Lake (Contemporary Sports Issues)
Karen Reynolds, Salisbury (Sales)
Ariel Sledz, Kannapolis (Financial Concepts and Financial Analysis and Decision Making)
Sheri Stocum, Salisbury (Management Concepts)
Alan Surratt, Salisbury (Accounting Principles)
Charles Eric Susong, Salisbury (Job Interview)
Jennifer Wagner, Salisbury (Business Law)
Allyson Wynne, Kannapolis (Financial Analysis and Decision Making and Microeconomics)
Students also attended Leadership Workshops such as Ethical Leadership, Setting Financial Goals, CSI: Accounting, Fundamental Issues of Marketing, Get HIRED, among many others. Students attending at least three workshops received a Leadership certificate.
ěWe have great students at Rowan-Cabarrus and we look forward to bringing home many National Awards in the future,î said Sandra Horne, co-adviser to the group and an adjunct faculty at the college.
The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization.

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS talks first steps for new federal relief totaling $66 million

China Grove

Gary’s Barbecue staff, customers look back at 50 years

News

Salisbury Lions Club names Person of the Year, Lion of the Year at 78th annual banquet

Education

Student COVID-19 numbers show first decline since plan A

High School

High school golf: Fowler competes in state tournament

News

Amazon announces new distribution center for North Carolina

News

House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees death 302 from COVID-19; Health Department to host final mass vaccine clinic

Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?

Crime

Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on felony drug, breaking and entering charges

Local

Rep. Amber Baker discusses legislative session during Rowan Democrats breakfast meeting

Local

Thousands of locals, out-of-towners gather for a groovy time at annual Hippie Fest

News

N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs