Monday, April 30, 2012

SBU Student Receives LEAP’s Student of the Month Award

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University student Pearl Karamitros is the Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession (LEAP) student of the month for March.

Accounting department chair, Wayne Clark, CPA, states “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.” 

Pearl Karamitros 
Karamitros already has two successful internships behind her: one at Bolivar R-1 School District, Bolivar, Missouri, in the accounting department and the other at J&R Tax Service, Atlantic, Iowa. This summer Pearl has secured an internship with The Heritage Foundation, which is a research and educational institution.

The senior accounting major is involved in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), 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.

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


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