The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) announced on Thursday the winners of the Society's annual Excel Awards, recognizing young CPAs and their notable achievement on the 2015 CPA Exam.

“We are proud to present our 2016 Excel Awards to these outstanding young professionals,” said Todd Shapiro, CEO of the ICPAS, in a statement. “Passing the CPA Exam is a tremendous achievement on its own, and to do so with such high scores is an incredible accomplishment that few achieve. We congratulate them and look forward to their journey in becoming future leaders of our profession.”

Established in 1984 by the ICPAS Board of Directors, the Excel Awards are awarded each year to new CPAs for their outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. In order to be considered, candidates must achieve a combined average score of 90% or above on all sections of the Exam within two consecutive testing windows, as well as being in the top five percent of Illinois scores. Excel Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to those who achieve the top three Exam scores in the state.

The 2016 ICPAS Excel Award winners are as follows:

Gold Medal Award

  • Qiaoli  Wang
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Austin Zarbuck
  • The Ohio State University
  • Grant Thornton

Silver Medal Award

  • Tyler Faught
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bronze Medal Award

  • Andrew Lamers
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Deloitte

Honored Excel Award Recipients

  • Monika Warnecka
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Grant Thornton
  • Steven Ventre
    University of Iowa
  • Amanda Rhodes
    University of Missouri
  • Marion Brisport
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    KPMG
  • Samuel Adler
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Ryan Spatz
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    KPMG
  • Patrick Sharpe
  • University of Michigan
  • Ernst & Young
  • Nayan Telang
    University of Michigan
    PricewaterhouseCoopers

For more on the ICPAS, head to the Society's site here.