Wisconsin’s Canedo, Dull and Kleppe Win AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award

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The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants recognizes David Canedo, Codie Dull and Tyler Kleppe, three of 39 CPA Exam candidates recently awarded the AICPA’s 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award, for earning the highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the Exam.


The Elijah Watt Sells Award winners passed each Exam section on their first attempt. More than 92,000 individuals from across the U.S. sat for the Exam in 2012.

Canedo graduated from of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BA in Accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy.

“It is truly an honor to have received the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award,” said Canedo. “The CPA exam is one of the toughest exams that those of us in the accounting profession will ever take, and to receive this award for my performance on it is a reminder that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication.”

Dull graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy and is currently employed with PwC in Milwaukee.

“I think it is a great achievement and a great way to show the hard work that I have put in throughout college and while studying for the exam, which will continue throughout my career,” said Dull.

Kleppe graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy and is currently employed with Smith & Gesteland, LLP in Madison.

“Earning the Elijah Watt Sells Award is validation for the countless hours of preparation I devoted to the CPA Exam,” said Kleppe. “Also, gaining the distinction of being a Watt Sells Award winner will open up future opportunities for me both professionally and in possible further education.”

The WICPA will recognize each of the award recipients at its New CPA Welcome Dinner, an event held to honor and celebrate the professional accomplishment of becoming a licensed CPA in Wisconsin, on June 6 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established in 1923 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to recognize outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.

Sells, who passed away in 1924, was one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a leader in advancing professional education in the profession. He was a founder of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. The Sells award was created by the AICPA in 1923 in his honor.

The WICPA is the premier professional organization for Wisconsin CPAs, with nearly 8,000 members working in public accounting, industry, government and education. Like other professionals, certified public accountants are required to obtain additional education, take a rigorous exam and become certified. Please identify all CPAs by including the credential with their names.

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