YSU Business Leader Program Graduates 1st Group

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The first group of graduates from the Business Leader Program in Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration are advancing to careers at a variety of prestigious companies, YSU reports.

Students are selectively recruited out of high school to the program and are admitted directly to their business major of choice. The program provides students with a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of business, accelerate their involvement with the business community, and enhance their professional preparation.

Students from the 2012-2013 class who graduated this month include:

  • Kayla Cerimele of Canfield graduated summa cum laude with plans to begin YSU’s master of accountancy program this fall. She will begin her professional career as a staff accountant with Ernst & Young in Cleveland in September 2017.
  • Alyssa Clark of Poland, who was honored with a summa cum laude distinction at graduation, will begin a full time position as an accounting rotational program member at Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Heights.
  • Josh Chordas of Cortland, a transfer student from Ohio State University, has global learning experiences with the London Summer Program. He also completed a management information systems internship with Catullo’s Prime Meats in Boardman. He graduated summa cum laude.
  • Leah Finnerty of Poland was hired as a staff accountant at Cohen and Company in Youngstown. She will take the master of taxation program at the University of Akron this coming fall. She also was recognized with summa cum laude distinction at graduation and completed tax and accounting internships with JFS Wealth Advisors.
  • Lauren Paolucci of Austintown started her career with American Income Life Insurance. She graduated magna cum laude.
  • Ann Phillips of New Springfield was the first student to leave the program, graduating in December 2015. She will be furthering her education with the new master of accountancy program at YSU. Phillips graduated with a summa cum laude distinction. During her time at YSU, she held internships in the YSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and FNB Corp. in Hermitage, Pa.
  • Bryan Schiraldi of Lowellville has accepted a position as an accounting associate with Packer Thomas in Youngstown. He graduated summa cum laude. Schiraldi held internships with Packer Thomas and NYO Property Group. He will also be returning to YSU to obtain an MBA.

To be selected for the Business Leaders Program as a freshman, students must have a 3.5 high school grade point average or higher as well as an ACT score of at least 25 or SAT score of at least 1150. Once selected for the program, students will be admitted directly to their business major of choice.

SOURCE: YSU News Service.

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