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58 CPA Candidates from Across the U.S. Won the Award

NSTP congratulates the daughter of our long-time member, Mary Warner Beard, for her outstanding success with the CPA exam and the recipient of this prestigious award from the AICPA.

  • Elizabeth Smith (Tennessee), a graduate of Athens State University with a BS in Accounting and MS in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University, is employed with Mary Warner Beard, CPA in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

The American Institute of CPAS (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The 2017 award was bestowed upon 58 CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2017.

A total of 95,858 individuals sat for the Examination in 2017, with 58 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The CPA Exam protects the public interest by ensuring, along with education and experience requirements, that only qualified individuals are able to become licensed as Certified Public Accountants,” said Mike Decker, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants vice president of examinations. “Passing the Exam is a career milestone. And the extraordinary performance of this year’s Sells Award winners is truly an impressive accomplishment.”

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role advancing professional education within the profession.

The CPA Exam is updated regularly to maintain its relevance and reliability and ensure the content is consistent with the knowledge and skill requirements of newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA recently launched new technology updates for the CPA Exam, improving the user experience and enhancing the tools and functionality available to more closely resemble the business environment a CPA would experience in their everyday work life.