Sitting for an exam that will impact your career is a high-stress activity. College of Business and Economics alumna Kristen Fleet ‘13 not only passed the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) exam, she finished among the 0.006 percent who scored at least 95.50 across all four sections of the test and won the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award for top performance.
Fleet graduated from Towson University with a master’s degree in accounting and business advisory services and works for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn State University.
“The CPA Examination, along with education and experience requirements, ensures that only qualified individuals with the knowledge and skills to play a role in protecting the public interest earn the CPA license,” said Michael Decker, AICPA vice president of examinations. “On behalf of the AICPA, I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Elijah Watt Sells Award for their exceptional performance on the CPA Examination.”
The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA examination. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections on their first attempt and completed testing in 2014. A total of 91,384 individuals sat for the examination in 2014, with 60 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the award.