With Regional Win, LSU Team Advances to National Accounting Competition

The LSU team stands in front of a backdrop and smiles.

The LSU team takes a moment to savor their victory in the Atlanta regional. Pictured from left to right: Sanaz Aghazadeh, faculty advisor; Ryan Hollis; Colleen Chaney; Garyn Grace; Chris Chapman; Kyra Hudson; Sam Pearce; Claire Bourgeois, Deloitte; and Patrick Brandau, Deloitte​.

November 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE – With a win at regionals, a team of LSU accounting students earned a spot in Deloitte’s 2018 national Audit Innovation Campus Challenge (AICC).

The team was one of eight to compete in the AICC regionals held in Atlanta on Nov. 14. From this competition, teams from LSU and Trinity College were selected to move to the national competition to be held April 6-7, 2018 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

LSU was represented by Colleen Chaney of Baton Rouge; Chris Chapman of Southlake, Texas; Garyn Grace of Superior, Colo.; Ryan Hollis of Mandeville, La.; Kyra Hudson of New Orleans; and Sam Pearce of Mandeville, La. Sanaz Aghazadeh, assistant professor of accounting, served as the team’s faculty advisor.

“The AICC challenge has been my favorite experience thus far in college,” said Grace, a junior. “I built amazing relationships and developed important skills during the six weeks that we prepared for this competition. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity from Deloitte.”

AICC is a national program hosted by Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group and the Deloitte Foundation, which accelerates innovation in education by helping institutions of higher learning keep pace with the changing marketplace and evolving technologies. The program helps students develop skills for success in professional services and shares the culture of innovation at Deloitte with academia and potential employees. 

“The competition gives students exposure to emerging technologies and requires them to think creatively to determine how it can be leveraged in an audit,” said Aghazadeh. “In addition to students gaining valuable knowledge that will help with their careers, they also build lasting relationships with both their teammates and Deloitte representatives. It is also great to see partners and firms like Deloitte giving back to their universities and contributing to the future success of the graduates.”

For the regional competition, each team had six weeks to develop an innovative audit idea that would be presented to a panel of judges from Deloitte. Judges considered the idea’s feasibility, team collaboration and the group’s ability to sell their story and address questions.

“Deloitte AICC was a fantastic experience that bolstered my professional presentation skills and self-confidence,” said Hollis, a sophomore. “Our team bonded throughout the challenge, enabling us to rely on one another for support. This allowed us to succeed while presenting at the regional competition.”

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business