Illinois’ Top CPA Exam Candidates Honored With Excel Awards

CHICAGO, April 5, 2021 – The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)—one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation—is pleased to announce its 2020 Excel Award recipients. Each spring, ICPAS recognizes the individuals who exhibited superior achievements in passing the Uniform CPA Exam in Illinois.

“Earning the CPA credential is one of the most notable ways to establish your professional identity and exhibit a high level of competence in the accounting and finance profession, so it’s always exciting to welcome and honor the new CPAs in Illinois that will one day lead this great profession,” says Todd Shapiro, ICPAS president and CEO. “By earning the highest scores on the Uniform CPA Exam in Illinois, these outstanding individuals have set a high bar of excellence, and we look forward to seeing them build successful careers as the most trusted and strategic business advisors.”

The Excel Awards were established in 1984 by the Illinois CPA Society Board of Directors to recognize new CPAs and CPA candidates for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Exam in Illinois. Honorees must achieve a total average score of 90 or above, complete all four sections of the exam within two consecutive testing windows, and rank in the top 5 percent of all Uniform CPA Exam test-takers completing all the exam requirements in Illinois’ testing year. The prestigious Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal awards further recognize the achievements of those earning the top three scores in the state. ICPAS is proud to present awards to the following recipients:

Gold Medal
Kaleb J. McCarter – Deloitte | Indiana University Bloomington

Silver Medal
Meredith C. Miscinski – RSM US LLP | Boston College

Bronze Medal
Michaela M. Spreier – KPMG | Illinois State University

Excel Award
Brenna E. Barrett – EY | University of Kansas
David M. Salvas – EY | Indiana University Bloomington



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