EvCC students win accounting competition

Daniel Zaragoza

Daniel Zaragoza

EvCC students Daniel Zaragoza and Ali Mohamed-Ali win accounting competition

Everett Community College students Daniel Zaragoza and Ali Mohamed-Ali are the winners of the college’s first financial analysis case competition.

The two earned a $250 prize for their winning project. The competition was created to give accounting students practice in the accounting cycle, analyzing results and presenting their findings. All teams used the same business case.

“Besides having fun, I learned a lot. It was a good recap of everything we learned in accounting,” said Mohamed-Ali, of Everett. He plans to become a financial analyst and investor.

Ali Mohamed-Ali

Ali Mohamed-Ali

Zaragoza, of Marysville, plans to earn his accounting degree and after some work experience return to college for a master’s degree in business analytics.

The first runners up for the project were Tina Do and Nhatvan Vo, who earned a $150 prize. The second runners up were Amy Babak and Grace Cameron, two Running Start students earning their associate in business degrees as well as their high school diplomas this year. They took home a $100 prize.

Accounting instructors hesitated to introduce the competition this year because students were adjusting to all online classes Spring quarter.

“We believed students would rise to the challenge, and they did,” accounting instructor Bill Reed said. “I’m really excited about the participation, the projects students worked on and the level of effort students put into their projects. I am already excited about holding the competition next year.”

The winning teams were announced via video at an online celebration on June 17. Prize funding was provided by the EvCC Foundation.

The Zonta Club of Everett

Zonta Club of Everett officers for the 2020-2021 term are president Kelsey Taylor, director of employment, education and training, Housing Hope. President-electis Cheryl MacGregor; immediate past president Carrie Blair; treasurer Judi Krabill, and secretary Cynthia Weaver.

Directors are Heather Odegaard, Leslie Somes, Karen Mathews and Marilyn Marsh.

Arlington Garden Club awards scholarship

On Friday June 12th, the garden club had the opportunity to present Zach Martian with their $2,500 Scholarship. Martian will attend Washington State University studying conservation management and agriculture.

His sister, Amanda, received a scholarship from the garden club in 2017.

Martian was a member of the Arlington High School Honor Society and its Community Service program. He has helped at the club’s plant sale and at the holiday garden arts and crafts show. He recruited Honor Society members to help.

John Olson takes helm of Rotary Club of Everett

John Olson is the new president of the Rotary Club of Everett.

A club member since 2009, Olson will lead the club’s 126 members as they provide community and international service. He is a two-time Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and vice president of college advancement at Everett Community College.

Olson takes over the Rotary presidency from Steve Miller of Lake Stevens.

Also inducted were president-elect Greg Lineberry; presidential nominee Sonya Kraski; vice president Kari Petrasek; past president Steve Miller; treasurer Richard Toyer; and secretary, Neil Angst. Theresa Frothingham is the club’s new executive assistant.

New to the board of directors are Joe Gaffney, Kari Petrasek, Nick Hansen and Cat Wilson. Continuing on the board will be Zeb Cobbs, Sean George, Tina Gilson and Michael Kvistad.

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