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Competition Finals Demand xTREME Accounting of Eller Students

xTREME Eller students
The Eller xTREME competition team (left to right): Justin
Brown, Ryan Graham, Melissa DeFiore, Ryan Arredondo, and
Edward Andrew.

By Sarah Thompson
Eller Finance '13

A team of Eller students who participated in the internal PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) xTREME competition were chosen to compete in the national finals in New York, a UA first. Over 84 colleges and universities competed, but only five teams were selected to participate in the final competition.

In addition to having the opportunity to network with PwC professionals, each finalist team received a cash prize of $10,000.  

The PricewaterhouseCoopers xTREME competition charges teams of five students to develop a solution to a business case, consulting with faculty and PwC mentors for guidance and encouragement along the way. On average, the teams spend ten to 15 hours completing the case assignment. 

Justin Brown (Eller Accounting ’14) was on the team that topped the 13 Eller teams vying for a chance to compete in New York. The teams were assigned at random. “Surprisingly, the fact that we did not know each other very well actually helped out in the end,” he said.

Brown’s teammate Melissa DeFiore (Eller Accounting ’14) said she thinks they were selected to go to New York because of the team’s creative solution to the case. Ryan Arredondo (Eller Economics ’13) agreed. “Come presentation time, our presentation flowed so that it seemed as if we were all a seamless part of the whole,” he said.  

“The case competition was just one example of how the Eller College does a great job of giving you chances to pursue your career aspirations,” said Edward Andrews (Eller Accounting ’14). 

The team members also thanked their faculty mentor, Katie Maxwell, who guided them throughout the project.

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