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Eastern Kentucky University Students Win First Place in CSBS Community Bank Competition

Washington, D.C. – The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) today named a team from Eastern Kentucky University as the winner of its 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition. 

The winning student team members are Lorelei Nguyen, Aaron Schmidgall and Dalton Stanley. Maggie Abney served as faculty advisor and Central Bank & Trust Co. as the team’s community bank partner. 

“We were impressed by the work of the five finalists, and the Eastern Kentucky University team’s case study was outstanding,” said CSBS Senior Executive Vice President Michael Stevens. “Their quality of work and the information they yielded exemplifies why we have the competition.”

As first place winner, the Eastern Kentucky University team will receive a $1,000 scholarship per student, be invited to present at the CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference held in St. Louis in October, and be published in the CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. 

The team advanced through three rounds of judging by banking professionals and overcame a pool of 51 competitors in the competition, which is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study as an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry. This year’s case studies looked at how community banks are using technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. 

A team from University of Missouri – Kansas City placed second. The students are Alison Irwin, Justin Loerts, Mason Paulus, Tristan Perkins and Conrad Schroff. William Keeton and Forest Myers served as faculty advisors and Citizens Bank & Trust as the bank partner.

A team from Southeastern Louisiana University placed third. The students are Kathryn Bokun, Nicholas Brennan, Mason Case, Robert Maddox and Elizabeth Hunter. Danielle Lewis served as faculty advisor and Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co., as the bank partner.

Students on the second-place team each will receive a $500 CSBS scholarship, and those on the third-place team each will receive a $250 CSBS scholarship. Both teams also will have their works published in the Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.

For more information on the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition, visit

Media Contact: Susanna Barnett,, 202-407-7156
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) is the national organization of bank regulators from all 50 states, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. State regulators supervise roughly three-quarters of all U.S. banks and a variety of non-depository financial services. CSBS, on behalf of state regulators, also operates the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System to license and register non-depository financial service providers in the mortgage, money services businesses, consumer finance and debt industries.


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