Institute recognizes CPA Exam’s top scorers for 2012

The AICPA announced the winners of the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Awards, which are presented annually to the candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.

The award was created in 1923 to honor Sells, one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York state law and a leader in advancing professional education.

For the 2012 awards, candidates must have earned a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, completed testing during the 2012 calendar year, and passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt.

More than 92,000 candidates sat for the examination in 2012, and 39 candidates met the award criteria.

The winners and their states of affiliation are:

  • Jill Aoki (Utah)
  • Blake E. Applegate (Illinois)
  • Brad Bowen (Texas)
  • J. Patrick Braun (Texas)
  • Alan L. Burton (Kansas)
  • Andrew Buss (Minnesota)
  • David A. Canedo (Wisconsin)
  • David Eric Carlson (Massachusetts)
  • Devin M. Davidson (Washington)
  • Angel S. Davis (Oregon)
  • Dodge R. Docheff (Missouri)
  • Codie W. Dull (Wisconsin)
  • Martha Everett (Michigan)
  • Alan M. Gnegy (Virginia)
  • Michael Joshua Gorter (Minnesota)
  • Yun Guo (North Carolina)
  • Laura K. Hilby (Iowa)
  • Stephen J. Hruby (Ohio)
  • Kevin Joseph King (Indiana)
  • Tyler John Kleppe (Wisconsin)
  • Veronika R. Krasteva (Florida)
  • Brian Patrick Krogol (Florida)
  • Anthony G. Lemon (Utah)
  • William Richard McGauran (Virginia)
  • Andrew Joseph Napolitano (California)
  • Eliza Claire Nesvog (Washington)
  • Bradley J. Ostendorf (Minnesota)
  • Brighton Ranney (Missouri)
  • Glenn M. Rice (New York)
  • Anthony Salomone (New York)
  • Brent Andrew Schmidt (Ohio)
  • Kim Shriver (Georgia)
  • Mark Stankevitz (Massachusetts)
  • Jennifer Tindle (Texas)
  • Mingyuan Wang (Illinois)
  • Kevin Warbis (Ohio)
  • Adam Matthew Wright (Texas)
  • Po-Feng Yu (Colorado)
  • Ning Zhu (Texas)



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