November 28, 2012
The Mount Knights team made it to the semifinal round in the
AICPA annual accounting competition. From left to right: Stephen
Blomquist, Andrew Tomascak, Thomas Gambino, and Jeremias
Students from Mount Saint Mary College recently finished in the
top 20 nationwide in the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants (AICPA) annual accounting competition.
More than 100 colleges and universities participated in the
contest, which tasked participants with finding solutions to
real-world financial issues.
Consisting of team captain Stephen Blomquist of Hopewell
Junction, NY, Jeremias Ramos of Monroe, NY, Thomas Gambino of New
Windsor, NY, and Andrew Tomascak of Brookfield, CT, the Mount
Knights team researched taxation, Social Security, and federal
deficit. They produced a video explaining their solutions which was
featured on the AICPA web site.
According to associate professor Tracey Niemotko, the team’s
advisor, the Mount Knights were the only group from the north east
in the top 20. They were also the only team to be affected by
Hurricane Sandy. While the residence halls had generators to
provide electricity for students, the academic buildings didn’t
regain power until three days after the storm. The Mount Knights
were scheduled to work on their video that week. Despite the
setback, they submitted their materials in time.
Margaret Treacy, a media studies\production major from Monroe,
NY, helped the team create their video.
“I couldn't be prouder of the Knights,” said Niemotko. “We would
like to express our thanks to the Mount community for their
outpouring of encouragement and support throughout the