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K-State Today

November 9, 2016



Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition awards $2,750 to K-State students

By Brent Fritzemeier

The first place team receives their prize.

Five teams of Kansas State University students were awarded $2,750 in cash prizes as part of the recent Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition, a collaboration between the university's College of Business Administration and Phillips 66.

The competition saw 63 teams made up of three to four students putting their skills to the test by completing a written analysis of a complex business ethics case study. Their analysis and recommendations needed to incorporate important ethical principles while balancing with the bottom line of the business and its financial goals.

After submitting their written analysis, the teams' responses were ranked, and the top five teams were selected as finalists to present their final report to a panel of judges.

"The case competition provides students with a good opportunity to examine a real-world issue while balancing both ethical and business/financial considerations," said William Turnley, the Sam and Karen Forrer chair in business ethics and interim head of the management department. "We are very grateful to those who so willingly gave their time and resources to allow us to provide students with this opportunity."

Taking first place and a $1,000 prize was the team of Brian Click, senior in management information systems, Olathe; Eric Braun, senior in marketing, Overland Park; and Maxwell Bankowski, senior in civil engineering, Brisbane, Australia.

In second place, with a $750 prize was the team of Joseph Descartes, senior in accounting, Arkansas City; Jumanna Khamis, senior in marketing; Weston Prockish, senior in marketing; and Samuel Wickersham, senior in management, all from Manhattan.

Finishing in third place and $500 was the team of Stephen Shelton, senior in marketing, Lenexa; Mason Schoen, senior in finance, Overland Park; and Taylor Wilson, senior in finance, Centennial, Colorado.

Two teams also earned honorable mention honors, and a $250 prize. The first team included Connor Rockrohr, senior in management, Lenexa; Bret Cook, senior in marketing, Overland Park; and Cody Schlitzer, senior in marketing, Stilwell. Rounding out the top five was the team of Brett Neely, senior in management, Lenexa; Madi Plankers, senior in business, Olathe; Shelby Heydon, senior in marketing, Manhattan; Lukas Weber, senior in marketing, Wichita. 

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