Since graduating from Pellissippi State Community College in May, Michelle Sauls has earned yet one more distinction: she won the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants 20th Annual Student Manuscript Competition in June.
Sauls is the first Pellissippi State student to win the competition. She will receive a $1,000 check and a commemorative plaque from the TSCPA.
“As you can imagine, I’m still on Cloud 9. Thank you all for everything you’ve done!” she emailed Rick Oster, Deanne Michaelson and Mark Fuentes, three of her instructors at Pellissippi State.
Sauls learned about the writing competition in class from Fuentes in late February, but she was hesitant to enter given her busy schedule. While enrolled full time at Pellissippi State, she also was working full time in accounts payable for Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. She and her husband, who graduated from Pellissippi State in May as well, have two children, ages 11 and 12.
Once she committed, Sauls researched and wrote her manuscript on nights and weekends. The TSCPA encourages undergraduate and graduate students to use the competition to address issues that affect the accounting profession. The guidelines call for a six-to-10-page manuscript and a 50-to-75-word abstract.
Sauls was surprised when she learned on June 14 that had she won.
“I was hopeful, but didn’t expect it because it is statewide,” she said.
For Sauls, the award marks a high note professionally and personally. She says that she has always wanted to be a writer and that this was her first writing contest.
Sauls earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration as well as a Professional Accountancy Certificate from Pellissippi State. She also is the recipient of the college’s Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Graduate Award in Business (Administrative Professional Technology).
Her manuscript, “Accounting for Responsibility,” is being considered for publication in the Tennessee CPA Journal.