Ninth placer in CPA licensure exam didn’t receive honors since elementary

There are people who have always been achievers even in their early years, oftentimes becoming consistent honor students from preschool to college. Then, they excel in the board exams and have a great career in the future. But there are also those who surprise many as they top the board exams even if they are not your typical ‘achievers’.
Ninth placer in CPA licensure exam didn’t receive honors since elementary

Take for example Jimwell I. Sitoy, 21, who recently landed in the ninth spot of the topnotchers in the Certified Public Accountants Licensure Examination (CPALE) held last May 12, 19, and 20, 2019. The aspiring CPA-lawyer was among the 1,699 who passed the May exam.

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But what makes his story quite impressive is that he had not received honors since elementary! Yet here he finished strong, ranking ninth in one of the most difficult licensure exams given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

“Since elementary never have I received honor recognition. But I’m proud that I was a school writer, a debater, and a quiz bowler. All because I wanted to be someone,” he told Cebu Daily News.

The youngest of two siblings who hail from Cordova town in Cebu, Jimwell had always wanted to be a scholar so he could help his parents save on the costs of his education. But his municipal employee dad, Norgelito, had to take loans to send him to college because he was not accepted in the scholarships he applied for.

Ninth placer in CPA licensure exam didn’t receive honors since elementary
Photo credit: Jimwell I. Sitoy / Facebook

“I wanted to be a scholar but was never worthy. Papa has a stable job, which does not fit in the ‘low-income family household’ I guess. But Papa had to pull tons of loans to push me through college,” the young man shared.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM), he did not immediately take the test in October 2018 as he felt he was not yet ready.

“I did self-review. But while reviewing, there really was no pressure at all, or at least I did not feel it. I wanted it (to pass) so bad to be honest,” he admitted.

He only dreamed of passing the board exam and becoming a CPA, yet he ranked ninth place, too! He now plans to find a job from a big company before proceeding to take up law.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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