CSBS Announces 2022 Case Study Winners

On July 12, 2022, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) named the top three university teams that placed first, second and third place respectively in its 2022 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

The annual competition is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study who seek the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry. For 2022, which marks the tenth year of the Community Banking Research Conference, the student teams partnered with local community banks to examine the changes within community banking over the past decade and what may happen in the next 10 years.

The first-place team members from James Madison University are Collin Blanchard, Sara Kate Garman, Nicolas Gonzalez, Emelia Potteiger and Noah Vanhoy. Read their case study, The Changing Banking Environment from the Past Decade to the Next: A Study of Farmers and Merchants Bank. Each first place team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be invited to present their work at the 2022 Community Banking Research Conference. Their paper will also be published in the CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.

The second-place team members from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania are Ethan Allen, Seth Anderson, Hannah Caccia, Sarah Hart and Quanwen Long. Read their case study, An Analysis of C&N: A Look Back, a Look Forward, and the Importance of the Relationship Model in Banking.

The third-place team members from Mississippi State University are Von Churchwell, Annabelle Peck, Peyton Randazzo and Eric Sudduth. Read their case study, “Bank of Commerce: An Analysis of the Past Decade and Expectations for the Future.

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

This year's competition started off with 23 teams representing 21 universities. Well done to all who participated!