CPA Exam's Top Scorers Recognized

The AICPA announced the winners of the 2008 Elijah Watt Sells Awards, which are presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination. In 2008, more than 85,000 candidates took the exam. The winners, in alphabetical order followed by their state board of affiliation and their schools of study, are:


  • Jennifer Renee Clifton (Va.), University of Virginia
  • Stanley J. Gordon Jr. (Utah), Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University
  • Brad Hocking (N.C.), University of South Carolina
  • Christopher Michael Leon (Mo.), University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Jennifer Rachel Luchs (Wis.), Marquette University
  • Clint Presley (Texas), McNeese State University and Wichita State University
  • Leslie Johnson Rezgui (Colo.), Yale University and DeVry University
  • Gabriel Vaughan (Texas), University of Texas at Dallas
  • Sheriann Wirkkala (Va.), Gonzaga University
  • Tyler S. Wright (Mo.), Missouri State University


Created by the AICPA in 1923, the award honors Elijah Watt Sells, one of the country’s first CPAs and a leader in advancing professional education.



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