BVU Graduate Hilby Earns National Honor for Performance on CPA Exam

BVU Graduate Hilby Earns National Honor for Performance on CPA Exam

Laura Hilby, Class of 2012, is one of 39 nationwide recipients of the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award presented by the American Institute of CPAs to outstanding performers on the uniform CPA exam.

Of the more than 92,000 candidates that sat for the CPA exam last year, the Award recipients achieved a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the exam, completed testing during the 2012 calendar year, and passed all four sections on their first attempt.

Laura, who graduated from BVU summa cum laude with double majors in accounting and corporate mathematics, is an auditor with McGladrey LLP in Des Moines.

Laura says her two accounting teachers in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business — Beth Blankers, associate professor of accounting, and Dr. Sue Cullers, professor of accounting — had an important impact on her education and career path

"Overall, I enjoyed all of their classes as they challenged me, but also incorporated real-life applications. They also both cared about me not only as a student, but also as a person. The lessons I took away from both professors were invaluable and better prepared me for my professional career."

At BVU, Laura was a member of the women's basketball team all four years and was captain her senior year. She earned academic all-conference honors each year on the team and was named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-American Third Team as a senior.