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Nov. 29, 2005
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KU student team among top six in nation at Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition

LAWRENCE -- A team of four University of Kansas graduate students competed as one of the top six in the nation at the fourth annual Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition held Nov. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.

The four KU team members are Amber Hirsh, Kinsley; Audrey Huston, Kansas City; Sarah Lintecum, Mission Hills; and Adam Sweet, Colby. All are master's degree students in accounting and information systems who, in addition, graduated from Kansas high schools and received KU bachelor's degrees.

KU's students were chosen for nationals based on their winning performance at an Oct. 15 intercollegiate event held at KU's Edwards Campus in Overland Park, one of seven preliminary regional qualifiers for the national contest in undergraduate and graduate student divisions.

The Tax Case Study Competition, sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, a nonprofit arm of professional services firm Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, is intended to support tax education by rewarding the kind of tax advisers' problem-solving skills that help organizations solve complex business issues. KU started sending graduate teams to the competition in 1993 when it was the Arthur Andersen Tax Challenge. They have been finalists seven times and have earned honorable mentions four times.

For the first time this year, teams from one school, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., won top national prizes in both student divisions that brought with it $28,000 in awards, including $1,000 scholarships for each student and $10,000 for each top-finish team.

For the second straight year, the University of Denver graduate team and Brigham Young University undergraduate team won second place in those divisions, earning their students $500 scholarships and their schools $5,000 each.

As a national final participant, the KU team received $3,500, including a $250 scholarship for each student and $2,500 for the school. Others participating in nationals were graduate teams from the University of Central Florida, Utah State University and University of Washington and undergraduate teams from Boston College, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Twelve student teams -- six graduate teams and six undergraduate teams -- were selected to advance to the national finals from the seven regional competitions. The 54 participating teams overall represented more than 40 colleges and universities and competed against all teams nationwide, not just those at their regional contest site.

In regional and national competition, teams have up to five hours to complete a complex theoretical case study that requires them to analyze information, identify issues and consider alternative tax treatments for a hypothetical client situation. As part of the finals, each team prepared a written solution to their case, appropriately citing the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations, that was submitted to a panel of Deloitte judges for evaluation.

Students, their hometowns, majors, parents' names and high schools are:

EDWARDS COUNTY
From Kinsley and Del Valle, Texas
Amber Hirsh, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of David Hirsh of Kinsley and Renee Hirsh of Del Valle, Texas; Kinsley High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from KU.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Mission Hills
Sarah Lintecum, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Frederick and Laura Lintecum; Shawnee Mission East High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from KU.

THOMAS COUNTY
From Colby
Adam Sweet, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, son of Dee and Kathy Sweet; Atwood High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from KU.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City
Audrey Huston, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Randy and Sharon Huston; Turner High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from KU.

TEXAS
From Del Valle and Kinsley, Kan.
Amber Hirsh. SEE EDWARDS COUNTY

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