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Certiport names Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. national champions

Students demonstrate superior Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills to advance to Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

ATLANTA – Certiport, provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners, recently announced six United States teenagers have earned a spot to compete in compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship in Orlando, Fla., from July 29-Aug. 1.

The MOS U.S. National Champions are:

  • MOS Word 2016 Champion, Aydan Soto, Age 14, Florida
  • MOS Excel 2016 MOSUSN_winners_smallChampion, Kevin Dimaculangan, Age 14, Florida
  • MOS PowerPoint 2016 Champion, Linh Nguyen, Age 17, Washington
  • MOS Word 2013 Champion, Jesse Ssengonzi, Age 15, North Carolina
  • MOS Excel 2013 Champion, Jason Benda, Age 18, Wisconsin
  • MOS PowerPoint 2013 Champion, Cameron Pillatsch, Age 17, Virginia

“We’re so impressed by all of these students – they’ve proven they can use Microsoft Office tools effectively which will be a key to successful academic and career pursuits,” said Raymond Murray, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE. “Our goal is to turn these students from learners to earners, and many of them go on to win internships and jobs as a result of proving their skills in Microsoft Office.”

More than 350,000 students from all 50 states entered the competition, and 148 finalists came to Atlanta the week of June 10 to take timed tests where they were asked to recreate Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to prove their expertise.

Students from 13 to 22 years old participated in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams: Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2016 or 2013), Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2016 or 2013), and Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2016 or 2013). First place winners received a $3,000 cash prize, second place $1500 and third place $750.

Scoring higher than more than 350,000 students from all over the U.S. who entered a passing score on an eligible MOS Exam in the qualifying round, 148 finalists were given a printed copy of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to recreate along with printed instructions and digital assets. They were then scored according to the accuracy of the recreation compared to the original. The champions in each program, along with a chaperone, have won a trip to participate in the 2018 MOS World Championship.

Certiport anticipates more than 150 finalists from more than 30 countries will compete at the MOS World Championship where students will again participate in a unique competition exam in their track. Six winners will receive cash prizes, medals and the title of Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Excel or PowerPoint World Champion.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship qualifiers: top left, MOS Word 2016 Champion, Aydan Soto, 14, Florida; top right, MOS Excel 2016 Champion, Kevin Dimaculangan, 14, Florida; middle left, MOS PowerPoint 2016 Champion, Linh Nguyen, 17, Washington; middle right, MOS Word 2013 Champion, Jesse Ssengonzi, 15, North Carolina; bottom left, MOS Excel 2013 Champion, Jason Benda, 18, Wisconsin; bottom right, MOS PowerPoint 2013 Champion, Cameron Pillatsch, Age 17, Virginia

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