YSU accounting students continue winning ways at competition

Beta Alpha Psi

From left, Dominic Jackett of Youngstown, Jordan Moy of Kinsman, and Chad Mighell of Canfield placed second at the Beta Alpha Psi Midwest Region meeting in Chicago.

Youngstown State University accounting students placed second in the Best Practices competition at the Beta Alpha Psi Midwest Region meeting in Chicago earlier this month.

The team of Dominic Jackett of Youngstown, Chad Mighell of Canfield, and Jordan Moy of Kinsman competed in the competition using the topic of Innovation, illustrating how to improve professional life balance through analyzing character strengths.

YSU BAP teams have now placed first or second in the Midwest Regional Best Practices competitions for the last six consecutive years. Faculty advisors Ray Shaffer of Sharpsville, Pa., and Wayne Counts of Boardman accompanied the students to the Chicago meeting.

“Our students put in a tremendous amount of time preparing for the competition, and their accomplishment demonstrates that hard work and dedication pays off,” said Shaffer, director of the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance at the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration. “Placing first or second for six years in a row, in the largest region in the country, shows that our students cannot only compete with students from any other schools, but excel in relation to them.”

More than 310 students from 45 different colleges were represented at the regional meeting; 12 colleges presented in the Best Practices division, with eight teams competing in the Innovation category.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for students majoring in accounting, finance, and information systems. BAP provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encourages a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.