Award recognizes 2014 CPA exam's top scorers


Sixty CPA candidates qualified to receive the AICPA’s 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.

The winners obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the exam, passed all four sections on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2014. More than 90,000 people sat for the exam in 2014.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award, established by the AICPA in 1923, is named for one of the first CPAs in the United States.

The names of 59 of the 2014 award winners are listed below in alphabetical order, followed by their state board of accountancy:

  • Nathan M. Anderson (North Dakota)
  • Taylor Alexandra Atsalis (Texas)
  • Jessica Banitt (Indiana)
  • Thomas W. Barber (Colorado)
  • Megan Elizabeth Baumgartner (New York)
  • John Karl Buntz (Maryland)
  • Neal F. Burk (Ohio)
  • Elizabeth Campbell (Illinois)
  • Sarah Watkins Carver (North Carolina)
  • William Chandler (Washington)
  • Cheng Chen (Michigan)
  • Ashlyn Lane Congdon (North Carolina)
  • Mark Connolly (Connecticut)
  • Katie Ann Copouls (Minnesota)
  • Nicholas Dollar (Oregon)
  • Yen T. Duong (California)
  • Matthew Robert Durette (Arizona)
  • Lora Beth Dust (Illinois)
  • Chelsey C. Enderle (North Dakota)
  • Patrick J. Fink (Missouri)
  • Kristen Jeanne Fleet (Maryland)
  • Margaret E. Freeland (Washington)
  • David G. Gordon (Massachusetts)
  • Spencer J. Graczyk (Wisconsin)
  • Joanna Hladky (Wisconsin)
  • Scott Huff (Texas)
  • Amanda Isken (Wisconsin)
  • Rebecca Kernodle (Colorado)
  • Alka Vikas Khetan (California)
  • Chongho Kim (Massachusetts)
  • Michael Joseph Kovacich (Texas)
  • Charles Lederer (Illinois)
  • Kelcie Lyons (Indiana)
  • Nathan A. Lyons (Indiana)
  • Matthew Mburu (Washington)
  • Hannah R. Miles (Missouri)
  • Weston Davis Moore (South Carolina)
  • Arden Hoang Nguyen (California)
  • John Norcio (North Carolina)
  • John Christopher Owsley (New York)
  • Joo Young Park (North Carolina)
  • Katie Marie Poffenberger (Illinois)
  • Christopher Thomas Pumo (Florida)
  • Kevin E. Rezzetano (Pennsylvania)
  • Alec Roberts (Florida)
  • Shulem Rosenbaum (New York)
  • Christina Seymour (New York)
  • Alan Sheffield (Georgia)
  • Ophair Silver (Maryland)
  • Skyler Stensrud (Minnesota)
  • Corrine J. Sudbury (Utah)
  • Kyle Ray Swenson (Utah)
  • Alex Vilchynskaya (New York)
  • Joe Viraldo (Washington)
  • Robert F. Waldbillig (Florida)
  • Amanda Michelle Welsh (Virginia)
  • Kenneth Wilbur (Florida)
  • Benjamin David Wilson (Michigan)
  • Muyi (George) Zhu (New York)

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