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A team of USC Leventhal School of Accounting students has won first-place honors in the eighth annual National Student Case Study Seminar held in Arizona.

Representing Leventhal were Darcy Baker, Jon Cantwell, Linda Lee, Jason Gerstenberger and Jake Himelstein, who each were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

“[Here] students have an opportunity to analyze and discuss some of the challenging issues that practitioners face in today’s business environment,” said Mark Chain, national director of recruiting and human resources management of Deloitte & Touche, the service firm that organizes the event.

The case studies are based on complex accounting issues that have come through the consultation process and are developed by the firm’s accounting services group.

Student teams solve the cases with support from a faculty adviser and a Deloitte & Touche manager.

The teams present their cases and solutions to a panel of active and retired Deloitte & Touche partners and advisers who play the role of senior management or the audit committee of a client company.

The panelists challenge the teams with questions and issues for response and discussion. A group of active and retired partners select the top groups that best identify the relevant accounting issues and effectively present their case.

A $500 scholarship was given to each member of this year’s second-place team from Florida A&M University.

“The national seminar has been one of the most productive experiences for my accounting students, “ said Solomon Darwin, associate professor of clinical accounting in Leventhal.

“The program helped them further develop their research skills, challenged them to think critically and offer alternative recommendations to their assigned case.”

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