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Student Honors and Recognitions

Missouri Society of CPAs LEAP (Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession) Student of the Month

Pearl Karamitros, March 2012 LEAP Student of the Month
Involvement in Organizations: Enactus, Member & Project 3:10 Co-Leader; Institute of Management Accountants (IMA); Omnibus - SBU Campus Newspaper, Business Manager; Alpha Chi National Honors Society; Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA), member and LEAP Scholarship recipient 2011-2012
Accounting Field of Interest

Reason for Nomination

Pearl was nominated by her professors at SBU. The Accounting Department Chair, Wayne Clark, CPA, said, “Pearl is an appropriate ‘LEAP Student of the Month’ for many reasons. Her extremely strong academic record, varied school involvement, and real-life accounting experiences have prepared her very well for an outstanding accounting career. Pearl enjoys thinking problems through thoroughly; she doesn’t just try to ‘get by’ with a quick response or answer.”

In addition, she has lived much of her life in China and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. Pearl hopes to use her language diversity to acquire a great accounting opportunity at a CPA firm or company with a strong international presence.

She already has two successful internships behind her. One at Bolivar R-1 School District, Bolivar, Missouri in the accounting department. The other was at J&R Tax Service, Atlantic, Iowa. She completed an internship with The Heritage Foundation, a research and educational institution, during the summer of 2012.
Pearl graduated from SBU in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and international business.

Previous SBU Accounting students honored as Missouri Society of CPAs LEAP Students of the Month

  • 2010 — Jordan Jackson, Ozark, MO
  • 2011 — Kristen Eagon, Springfield, MO
  • 2012 — Caleb Harris, Jackson, MO

Phi Eta Sigma National Scholarships


Caleb Harris — $7,500 graduate scholarship, one of only four awarded nationwide
Meg Goodman — $6,000 Undergraduate Scholarship, one of only 37 awarded nationwide


Caleb Harris — $6,000 Undergraduate Scholarship, one of only 37 awarded nationwide


Kristen Eagon — $6,000 Undergraduate Scholarship, one of only 37 awarded nationwide

Missouri Society of CPAs LEAP Scholarship

SBU Accounting represents about 3% of Accounting majors in Missouri, but its students have been honored with about 8% of these statewide scholarships):

  • 2013 — Meg Goodman; Jenna Durnell
  • 2012 — Caleb Harris; Pearl Karamitros; Meg Goodman; Jenna Durnell (Caleb was recognized as the top scholarship recipient for 2012)
  • 2011 — Ashton Klindt, Caleb Harris, Meg Goodman, Pearl Karamitros
  • 2010 — Ashton Klindt, Caleb Harris, Meg Goodman
  • 2009 — Caleb Harris, Kristin Edwards, Rachel Tag
  • 2008 — Rachel Tag, Rachel Greene
  • 2007 — Mike Conrad, Rachel Tag, Amy Wilson, Kristin Edwards, Becky Jolliff
  • 2006 — Rachel Tag
  • 2005 — Katy Stanford
  • 2003 — Jeff Case

Association of Government Accountants, Ozarks Chapter

  • 2013 — Jenna Durnell, Maura Sturguess
  • 2012 — Kacy Teel, Jenna Durnell
  • 2011 — Kacy Teel, Hannah Bowen

Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, Springfield Chapter
(Formerly American Society of Women Accountants)

Recent winners include Kristen Eagon and Pearl Karamitros. Kristen also was awarded the National American Society of Women Accountants scholarship in 2011.