Fisher School Spring Banquet

Fisher School honors students at awards banquet

Sallie Stern was named the Chrislynn Freed Master of Accounting Outstanding Student of the Year at the Fisher School of Accounting’s Spring Awards Banquet on April 13 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

The award is selected by a faculty vote and is the highest honor awarded to a Fisher student.

Stern led a student group at the annual Florida Institute of CPAs Conference at UF, a two-day event where CPAs from all over Florida gather to earn required CPA continuing education credits. The student group led by Stern spoke for 50 minutes on an accounting topic that was researched for months.

She also participated in the PwC tax case competition, served on the board of the Fisher School’s Women in Accounting Symposium, and completed an accounting internship in London as a part of Warrington’s study abroad program. In 2014, she was named an Anderson Scholar as one of 12 Fisher School of Accounting students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher for the first two years of enrollment at the University of Florida.

Stern shared her thoughts on the honor.

Q: What does it meant to win the Chrislynn Freed Master of Accounting Outstanding Student of the Year award?

A: “Winning the Chrislynn Freed Master of Accounting Outstanding Student of the Year Award is a recognition of hard work and dedication to academics and student involvement at the Fisher School of Accounting. I am so humbled to receive this honor.”

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: “After graduating in the spring of 2017, I will be moving to Atlanta to work in tax for Ernst & Young.”

Q: How has your experience in the Master of Accounting program prepared you for those plans?

A: “The Fisher School of Accounting has definitely prepared me for a career in accounting. During my time in the accounting program, I have been challenged by rigorous coursework, mentored by caring professors, and exposed to the various opportunities that are provided to individuals with a knowledge in accounting. The Fisher School has taught me that it is important to work hard and think critically, but also to build relationships and learn from peers and experienced professionals.”

Below is the complete list of award recipients from the Fisher School’s Spring Awards Banquet:

Fisher MACC Fellowship: Michael Dougherty

William E. Crown, Jr. Fellowship: Emily Buzby, Matthew Tuohy, Jonathan Cohen, Julie Varsha, Jane Lazzara

Batson-Siegel Accounting Scholarship: Sarah Morich

Don Miller 5th Year Accounting Scholarship: Madison Parks

FSOA Commemorative Gallery Fund Fellowship: Alexis Bright, Mari Tamaccio

Ralph W. Miller Scholarship: John Crittenden, Adam Shidlofsky

Gerson, Preston and Company, CPA Fellowship: Alan Horowitz, Robert Tuckman

Gina Babicz Memorial Fellowship: Meghan Fallon

Richard E. Darby Accounting Scholarship: Elana Goldstein

Jim and Sandy Wadsworth Scholarship: Lillian Geary

Accounting Fellowship by Anonymous Donor: David Clapp

Lovelle Ahrano Scholarship: Rachel Buck

Lara Thrush Long MACC Scholarship: Angela Davis

FICPA Fellowship Nominees: Nichole Hyde, Alec Muchnick, Stephen Kopriva, Alexis Tucker, Lindsey Morrell

Leadership Awards

J. Michael Cook Student Leadership Award: Beta Alpha Psi President Sarah Morich

Ed Triplett Student Leadership Award: FSOA Student Council President Kriss Camacho

Chrislynn Freed Master of Accounting Outstanding Student of the Year: Sallie Stern

J. Michael Cook Excellence in Teaching Award: Jennifer Wu Tucker