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Dawson native wins bronze as part of team in national collegiate banking contest
CSBS 2022
The MSU team celebrates their third place win at the national CSBS banking competition. From left, Bank of Commerce Chief Credit Officer and EVP Clifton Thach; CFO and EVP Zach Luke; students Peyton Randazzo, Eric Sudduth, Annabelle Peck and Von Churchwell; and faculty advisor Matthew Whitledge. Photo submitted to DCN.

A Dawsonville native was one of four Mississippi State University students in a team that earned one of the top spots in a national banking competition. 

West Hall High School alumnus Peyton Randazzo and his teammates placed third overall in the 2022 Conference of State Bank Supervisors Community Bank Case Study Competition, according to a press release from university news editor Allison Matthews.   

Randazzo, a spring finance graduate, shares the victory with teammates Eric Sudduth, a spring finance and foreign language/German graduate from Louisville, Kentucky; Von Churchwell, a spring summa cum laude finance graduate from Memphis, Tennessee; and Annabelle Peck, a spring magna cum laude finance graduate from The Colony, Texas. 

This marks the third consecutive year in which MSU students have placed in the top five during the intense, nationwide competition that teaches undergraduate students about the banking industry.

The annual CSBS competition gives students hands-on experience partnering with local community banks to examine how these banks have navigated changes over the past decade and what the institutions are anticipating in the future, according to the press release. 

Assistant Clinical Professor of Finance and Economics Matthew Whitledge advised MSU’s team, which partnered with the Bank of Commerce branch in Greenwood, Mississippi. The team’s paper will be published in the Journal of Community Bank Case Studies and is available at

“We are all so proud of these four students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Whitledge, who works incredibly hard each year to prepare for competition,” said MSU College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald.