Sam Witherspoon, Jared Cline, Hunter Pallasch, Demi Fritz and Jason Cline worked hard and walked away the winners of the 2016 Grant Thornton Metroplex Case Competition. They competed against students from the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas.
The team received the case October 13 to prepare for their presentation at the Grant Thornton office on October 28. They had 30 minutes to present their case and 15 minutes for Q&A with the judges.
Judges included three Grant Thornton professionals, one client and one member of the Dallas CPA Society.
Jared, the team’s captain and master of accounting student, said: “We were pushed to learn the details about new topics and apply knowledge in different ways than in the classroom, and gained valuable experience presenting to the judges as if they were directors on a board.”
“I am very proud of the team. They worked very hard to prepare for the case and think through the critical issues. They presented their case beautifully,” Renee Olvera, associate professor of professional practice in accounting, said. Olvera advised the team.
“It was a great learning experience to connect different topics we learn in class to a case that simulated a real scenario we could face later in our careers,” Hunter said.
“This experience helped contextualize the different services accounting firms can provide, which was extremely helpful for me for pursuing a career in that field,” Jason said. “Also, I enjoyed working with my teammates and interacting with Grant Thornton employees.”
A junior accounting and finance major, Demi said the case study “challenged me to apply my knowledge and learn a lot about the regulations affecting public companies today. It was an incredible team experience to learn from upperclassmen, too. It makes me excited for my future classes.”