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Batavia accounting teams advance at national event

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The public will help determine whether two teams of Batavia High School students make it to the next round in a national competition called “Project Innovation: The Challenge” sponsored by the American Institute of CPA’s.

The students have been given the challenge to come up with a new idea for a show that centers on the CPA profession. The two Batavia teams, Accounting Pros and Bulldogs, already are among the top eight finalists for the accounting competition.

Batavia High School senior Stanley Walden, is on the Accounting Pros team, which has garnered the most votes so far among the eight finalists. The Bulldogs team is currently in fifth place.

“It’s very gratifying,” Walden said. “It was a decently made project. It feels good to be number one right now.”

Walden filmed his team’s presentation. Those who want to vote can go to www.startheregoplaces.com. Voting continues through 2 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, and people can vote for both teams.

The winning team will split $4,000 in scholarship money, the second place team will split $3,000, and the third place team will split $2,000. In addition the top three teams’ schools will receive a donation of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.

Batavia High School accounting teacher Jeff Miller is proud of what his students have done.

“They took ownership of the project,” Miller said.

Walden said he is weighing whether to pursue a career in accounting, or at a hospital. He currently is enrolled in an emergency medical technician course, and is a volunteer in the emergency room at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

“I might decide to do accounting for a hospital,” he said.

How to get involved

Go to www.startheregoplaces.com to vote for the two teams of Batavia High school students competing in a “Project Innovation: The Challenge.”

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