Award recognizes 2016 CPA Exam’s top scorers


Fifty-eight CPA candidates qualified to receive the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which recognizes outstanding performance on the CPA Examination.

To be eligible for the award, candidates needed a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and were required to have passed all four sections of the exam on their first attempt and completed testing in 2016. A total of 102,323 individuals sat for the exam in 2016.

Following are 57 of the winners, in alphabetical order, and their state board of accountancy affiliation or country of residence:

Daniel Russell Bierley (Michigan)

Kevin Branley (Louisiana)

Paige E. Burkard (New York)

Mingyue "Estella" Chu (California)

Shannon E. Costello (Texas)

Kelly Coyne (New Jersey)

Andrew J. Debbink (Wisconsin)

Anthony J. DePiano (Massachusetts)

James Scott Deuschle (Massachusetts)

Sydney Engelke (Texas)

Kayla Elizabeth Gawlik (Michigan)

Madeline Hartman (Massachusetts)

Ryan Russell Herrscher (Texas)

Matthew R. Holt (South Carolina)

Amanda D. Jacinto (New York)

Bradley Jergensen (Florida)

Anthony Joffre (Florida)

Peter Kampf (Ohio)

Sahand Kargosha (Virginia)

Alexander D. Khan (New York)

Patrick M. Kmieciak (Florida)

Kathleen Koehl (Illinois)

Dena Konneker (North Carolina)

Harvey Arvin R. Li (Washington)

Joseph Kane Mader (Texas)

Rosemary Michelle Mantle (Georgia)

Kelly McHugh (Illinois)

Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin (Kansas)

Kevin J. Montminy (Pennsylvania)

Taylor K. Moore (Oregon)

Mitchell Charles Morse (Missouri)

Christopher G. Parsons (Pennsylvania)

Ryan H. Perez (Pennsylvania)

Georgina Prataviera (Argentina)

Kimberly Pugliese (California)

Jeff R. Pullen (Iowa)

Renata L. Raisanen (Minnesota)

Louis W. Rizzuto (Illinois)

Devenie K. Ross (Kansas)

Corey J. Shubiak (New Jersey)

Samuel R. Siegel (Pennsylvania)

Charles Sims (Texas)

Abigail L. Singley (New York)

Andrew J. Smith (Texas)

Leighton Mark Smith (Washington)

Olivia Spooner (Massachusetts)

Sarah E. Stang (Illinois)

Liyuan Su (Virginia)

Olga Timirgalieva (Florida)

Rachel Weeks (New York)

Christopher Whittall (Pennsylvania)

Kevin Samuel Wilson (New York)

Brian Wright (Pennsylvania)

Ying Wu (New Jersey)

Xiaoyi Yan (Hong Kong)

Jing Zhang (New York)

Marina Zhiltsov (California)

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