Outstanding CPA Exam Achievements Honored by the Illinois CPA Society

CHICAGO, April 25, 2019 – The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) is proud to honor the best and brightest new CPA professionals with our annual Excel Awards. The awards recognize those who earned superior achievement on the Uniform CPA Exam in Illinois in 2018.

“It’s always a thrill to honor the outstanding future leaders of the accounting profession,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “By earning the highest scores on the CPA Exam, these dedicated individuals have set a high bar of excellence. We congratulate all these new CPAs and look forward to seeing them build successful careers.”

This year’s ICPAS Excel Award winners are:

Gold Medal Award

Siying (Clara) Yang
University of Notre Dame

Silver Medal Award

Hayden Cecilia Bauer
University of Notre Dame

Bronze Medal Award

Kerry L. Walley
University of Illinois at Chicago
True Partners Consulting LLC

Excel Award Recipients

Shan Lu
Northern Illinois University
Auxilium Financial Services

Owen T. Mattingly
Indiana University Bloomington
EY – People Advisory Services

Patrick Doyle McMahon
University of Notre Dame
Ernst & Young

Abigail S. Moynihan
Truman State University

Garrett Joseph Stein
Miami University-Oxford
Andersen Tax

About the Excel Awards

The Excel Awards were established in 1984 by the ICPAS Board of Directors. They are presented each year to new CPAs for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Exam.

Candidates must achieve a total average score of 90 or above, complete all four sections of the examination within two consecutive testing windows and be in the top five percent of the scores of those who complete all the requirements in 2018 in Illinois. Additionally, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are presented to Illinois candidates who achieve the top three examination scores in the state.



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