DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., January 26, 2011 - Becker Professional Education, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), today announced that 14 out of 15 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners prepared for the CPA Exam with Becker’s CPA Exam Review, the global leader in CPA Exam preparation.
The Elijah Watt Sells Award, first awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 1923 to honor CPA pioneer Elijah Watt Sells, is presented to the 10 CPA candidates, who, on their first attempt, achieve the highest cumulative scores for all four sections of Uniform CPA Examination within a calendar year. This year the number of award winners was unique because multiple candidates received identical cumulative scores, resulting in a tie, therefore increasing the total number of winners to 15. The AICPA has been awarding Watt Sells Awards to CPA candidates nationally for the past five years. During those five years, 47 of the 55 total winners prepared with Becker.
“We are honored that so many of Becker Professional Education’s students have been recognized for this award over the past five years and would like to congratulate all of the 2009 award recipients for demonstrating such mastery of the subjects covered by the exam,” said John Roselli, president of Becker Professional Education. “Passing the CPA Examination requires a high level of diligence and we are extremely proud of the competence and commitment these individuals have shown.”
Becker Professional Education offers a completely integrated CPA Exam Review course that maximizes study time and replicates the exam in every way, providing students with the greatest chance of passing the CPA Exam. In fact, students who prepare with Becker pass at double the rate of non-Becker candidates, based on averages of AICPA-published pass rates.
The 14 Becker students who were honored with the prestigious 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award include:
Kimberly Anne Brant (Minnesota), a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Accounting, and employed with Deloitte, in Minneapolis.
Michelle Elizabeth Burket (Virginia), a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting, and employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in McLean, Va.
Maria M. Goto (Hawaii), a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Accounting, and pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Jeremy J. Hurwitch (Florida), a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Accounting and Masters of Accounting, and employed with Deloitte in Boca Raton, Fla.
Matthew Saje Kult (Wisconsin), a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Accounting and Masters of Science in Public Accounting, and employed with Ernst & Young in Milwaukee.
Isaiah L. Massey (Texas), a graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy, and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas, and employed with Deloitte in Houston.
Luke T. Olson (Georgia), a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in Accounting and Master of Accountancy, and employed with Ernst & Young in Atlanta.
Ryan Christopher Ossowski (Florida), a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting, and BS in Computer Science, and employed with the City of Sanford, in Sanford, Fla.
Andrew N. Rebstock (Wisconsin), a graduate of Marquette University with a BS in Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting, and employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Milwaukee.
Abigail Lindsay Richards (North Carolina), a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and Masters of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina, and employed with Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C.
Peter William Rogers (New York), a graduate of Babson College with a BS and Master of Science in Accounting, and employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.
Ryan Malcolm Scadding (Massachusetts), a graduate of Bryant University with a BS in Business Administration and Masters of Professional Accountancy, and employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston.
Jessie D. Wagner (Oklahoma), a graduate of Oklahoma State University – Stillwater with a BS in Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting, and employed with Ernst & Young in Tulsa, Okla.
Ryan F. Williamson (Illinois), a graduate of Governors State University with a BS in Accounting, a BA in Mathematics and Music from Illinois Wesleyan University, and an MS in Mathematics from Illinois State University, and employed with Groskreutz, Schmidt, Abraham, Eshleman & Gerretse in Kankakee, Ill.
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