Five students, including Deonje Lawrence, from Basseterre won first-place in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) New York Fall Case Study competition.

NEW ROCHELLE, New York — Deonje Lawrence, from Basseterre was one of five students at Monroe College to win first-place in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) New York Fall Case Study competition on Dec. 8. Lawrence is a member of the Monroe College NABA student chapter. This was the second year the college’s team earned the top award.

The annual event, sponsored by ”Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte and hosted at its headquarters in New York City, provides a competitive forum for students to showcase their qualitative, quantitative, and communication skills. During the competition, participating teams are given a real-world business challenge with business and accounting implications. They must then develop and present strategic response recommendations before a panel of judges.

The five members from Monroe College’s winning NABA team are students in its School of Business and Accounting. They are: Chantel Bunting, team captain (Kingston, Jamaica); Camara Fatoumata (Conakry, Guinea); Deonje Lawrence (Basseterre, St. Kitts); Parina Lotlikar (Philipsburg, St. Maarten); and Safiya Quamina (Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines).

“We are extraordinarily proud of our team for their terrific performance at this prestigious event for the business and accounting leaders of tomorrow,” said Stacy Crawford, Ed. D, faculty advisor to the college’s NABA student chapter and the Director of Business Programs on its School of Business and Accounting’s New Rochelle campus. “The competition was very impressive this year, and we commend the other teams for their incredible work and compelling presentations.”

“Monroe College is deeply committed to providing its students with the knowledge, real-world experience, and technical skills that truly help them start their careers on the right foot,” said Dawn Lezon, Director of Accounting for the College. “Membership in NABA affords them invaluable personal and professional development opportunities, which is why we have proudly hosted a student chapter on campus since 1996.”

The NABA New York Fall Case Study competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.3 GPA or higher who are active members of a NABA student chapter. The top three teams received cash prizes in recognition of their work and will be honoured at the NABA NY Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala in the spring. Additionally, all case study participants will be eligible to interview for an internship or mentorship program with Deloitte.

The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is one of the nation’s premier professional organizations. NABA has the unique opportunity of representing the interests of more than 100,000 people of color in furthering their educational, professional, and career aspirations in the related business fields of accounting, consulting, finance, and information technology.

Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a recognized leader in urban and international education. The College is proud of its innovative programs to increase college access, affordability, and completion outcomes, especially among first-generation students. The strength of its warm, supportive culture is reflected in the personal connections fostered among students, faculty, and staff.

Monroe educates close to 8,000 students each year, offering Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, and St. Lucia. Students may also take courses online.

Programs are offered through seven academic schools, including the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York (CINY), Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through King Graduate School. Liberal arts and continuing education programs are also available. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.