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Baylor's xTAX Team Final Results

Feb. 1, 2006

By Morgan Lawrence

Baylor University competed on January 27 in the national finals competition of Extreme Tax Policy (xTAX) hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) at Washington, D.C.

Baylor was in the finals with four other teams: Brigham Young, Bryant College, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

Baylor's team consists of five members: Jeremiah Marks, a senior entrepreneurship major from Seattle; Robert Talley, a junior accounting major from Waco; Brinn Newman, a sophomore accounting major from Salado; Brock Hardisty, a sophomore business/journalism major from Indianapolis; and Jonathan Hooper, a junior accounting major from San Antonio. Their sponsors are accounting professors Dr. Brett Wilkinson and Dr. Charles Davis.

There were 188 teams that were in the competition. Brigham Young ended up winning the national finals. However, Brigham Young has been in the final five for the last four years.

"We're very excited about the team and clearly the fact that we can compete with some of the top programs in the country speaks volumes for our program and what we are doing here." said Wilkinson.

Davis noted, "The students peaked at the right time and made their best presentation ever."

Since the team made it to the finals, the students shared a $10,000 scholarship, and the trip to Washington D.C to compete in the finals. Also, while they were at the finals they had the chance to meet with leading tax professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Although Baylor might not have won the competition, PricewaterhouseCoopers was very impressed with the students and are eager to hire students from Baylor, according to Wilkinson.

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