Three certified public accountant (CPA) candidates were honored at the 2018 New CPA Ceremony on November 17 at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Ryan Cox, who obtained his bachelor’s and master’s at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, was recognized with the Gold Medal award for having the highest score in window III of the 2018 CPA exam, the highest honor achievable. Cox is an audit associate at KPMG in Oklahoma City.
Additionally, Kelsey Ray and Samuel Laverde were both honored with Silver Medal awards. The Silver Medal is presented to candidates with the highest score on all four exam sections within two consecutive windows.
Ray, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University, won the Silver Medal award for having the highest score in window I and window II of the 2018 exam. She works at Ernst & Young in Tulsa as an audit associate. Laverde, who also earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Oklahoma State University, works as an associate in assurance at PwC in Oklahoma City. He achieved the highest score in windows II and III of the 2018 exam.
“As one of the toughest professional exams in existence, the CPA exam requires enormous commitment and dedication,” said OSCPA Chairman Neil Jay, CPA, ABV. “On behalf of the OSCPA, I’d like to congratulate the winners on their wonderful accomplishment and wish them luck throughout their careers in the profession.”
In addition to education and experience requirements, the CPA exam plays a crucial role ensuring individuals who earn a CPA license have the skills and knowledge required to protect the public interest in a complex and ever-changing financial environment.
OSCPA Chairman of the Board Neil Jay, CPA, ABV, congratulates Samuel Laverde, Kelsey Ray and Ryan Cox. Photo by Erin McGregor.