Press Release: Forty Fort Resident Places Second in Collegiate Essay Contest

PHILADELPHIA - Christopher Decker Jr., of Forty Fort, Pa., won the $1,200 second-place prize in the 2011 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Decker is a senior accounting major at Ursinus College. He earned the second-place prize for his essay examining the options available to meet the newly expanded education requirement to obtain a CPA license. An additional $600 was awarded to Ursinus' accounting program in recognition of Decker's achievement.
"It's a great honor to be selected for any acknowledgment in this competition. Being selected second place in the field is amazing," said Decker. "I must thank the PICPA for the selection and opportunity and Cindy Harris, my accounting professor at Ursinus College, for preparing me to be able to work on such a paper."
Entries in this annual contest come from undergraduate accounting and business majors attending Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as Pennsylvania residents who attend out-of-state colleges or universities and who major in the same fields. This year, 127 entries were received.
Hannah Row, of Lititz, Pa., won $2,000 for finishing first. An award of $1,000 was presented to University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's accounting program for Row's essay. Lauren Hoffman, of Wenonah, N.J., won $800 for finishing third. An award of $400 was presented to Widener University's accounting program for Hoffman's essay.
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The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 members who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member CPA in your area, visit our website at and click on CPA Locator.