Award recognizes CPA exam’s top scorers

Fifty-five CPA candidates received the AICPA’s 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which recognizes outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.

The winners obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA exam, completed testing during the 2013 calendar year, and passed all four sections of the exam on their first attempt. More than 94,000 individuals sat for the exam in 2013.

Established in 1923, the award is named for Sells, who was one of the country’s first CPAs. He was active in the establishment of the Institute and played a key role helping to advance education in the profession.

The winners, followed by their state board of accountancy affiliation, are:

Ryan Curt Ballestero (Idaho)

Bill Bartholomew (Texas)

Olivia Lauran Bischoff (Massachusetts)

Adam David Brawley (North Carolina)

Bradley P. Canino (New York)

Nathan Chivers (Minnesota)

Jonathan Cohen (New York)

Charles Salvatore Costanzo II (Connecticut)

Grant M. Daffin (Minnesota)

Patrick Ditter (New York)

Cody S. Domasky (Pennsylvania)

Ryan K. Eidson (California)

Michael J. Finkel (New York)

Ashley Dawn Frambach (California)

Adam Fraser (California)

Patrick K. Griffin (North Carolina)

Joseph Guthrie (Georgia)

Justin Gwizdala (Michigan)

Bridget Shiyu Han (Missouri)

Jiayi Han (Texas)

Caleb Benjamin Harris (Missouri)

Nicholas P. Hertel (Pennsylvania)

Ruoqing Huang (California)

Nathan R. Hutson (Missouri)

Tyson P. Irwin (Utah)

Darcia Jinkerson (Texas)

Virginia R.B. Jones (Washington)

Benjamin Gene Jumper (South Carolina)

Brandon Knott (Texas)

Brittany Kruse (Minnesota)

Edison Yiuyau Lau (Hawaii)

David Lehane (Wisconsin)

Kyle Linnemeyer (New York)

Wesley E. Long III (Georgia)

Jack Moore (Georgia)

Jessica Ann O’Keefe (Virginia)

Sunil H. Patel (New Jersey)

Tiffany Phillips (Oregon)

Ekaterina Pronina (Indiana)

Stefan Josef Richter (New York)

Daniel Eric Rubin (New York)

Margaret Sharp (Tennessee)

Valerie Sheehan (Maryland)

Lauren Silberman (New York)

Gregory Simbro (California)

Ilan Slovin (California)

Carianne Taggart (Minnesota)

Justin Michael Teplitz (New York)

Adena C. Thomson (New York)

Timothy Williams (Iowa)

Douglas R. Woodbury (Utah)

Katelyn Elizabeth Woods (Texas)

Fraser O’Brien Wright (Massachusetts)

Hannah Binti Mohd Zaman (Texas)

Matthew R. Zimdars (Wisconsin)



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