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Certiport Names U.S. Finalists Set to Compete in Worldwide
Competition on Microsoft Office

Five students to represent the U.S. and demonstrate mastery of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint in global Certiport competition

AMERICAN FORK, UT – July 11, 2011

2011 US FinalistsCertiport the official test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the top finalists in the United States Competition on Microsoft® Office. The representatives for 2011 are: Miranda Hill, Juliana Toyloy-Stanton, Breana Guarnera, Kami Martin and Brian Broom-Peltz.

From December 2010 to June 2011, more than 72,000 United States students competed to demonstrate their proficiency in utilizing the world's foremost desktop computing applications. The top five finalists will now prepare for the final round of the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office—the World Championships held in San Diego, California on August 1-3, 2011.

Details about the United States Competition on Microsoft Office:

"Students worldwide are realizing the value of earning Microsoft Office certifications, and participating in a global competition motivates them to master these programs well beyond basic comprehension," said Ray Kelly, CEO, Certiport. "Our goal is to empower students, and the Worldwide Competition has proven to be a very successful vehicle for promoting and getting over a half a million students over the last nine years excited about industry certifications."

The 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office marks the introduction of the 2010 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word and Excel exams, and also includes PowerPoint 2007 for the first time in the history of the competition.

MOS certifications exist primarily to meet the increasing demand for Microsoft Office proficiency among its users. Current students who passed a qualifying exam and attend an approved, degree-seeking academic institution were eligible to compete in the United States Competition. Participants who outperformed their peers by demonstrating proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint generally had perfect or near-perfect exam scores and completion times well below the allotted examination time.

The following students have been selected as representatives, along with second and third place, of all eligible students competing in the United States:

    Microsoft Office Word 2007 Finalists

  • Breana Guarnera, Queen Anne's County High School, MD (US Representative)
  • Noel Flores, George Washington High School, IL
  • Kathleen Langsdale, Larry A. Ryle High School, KY

    Microsoft Office Word 2010 Finalists

  • Miranda Hill, Spring Creek High School, NC (US Representative)
  • Amber Norris, Spring Creek High School, NC
  • Toni Clemons, Spring Creek High School, NC

    Microsoft Excel 2007 Finalists

  • Kami Martin, Jacksonville Independent School District, TX (US Representative)
  • Taylor Hartman, Queen Anne's County High School, MD
  • Benjamin Casey, Jacksonville Independent School District, TX

    Microsoft Excel 2010 Finalists

  • Brian Broom-Peltz, Tulane University, LA (US Representative)
  • Louis Talesnick, University of Denver, CO
  • Ashley Miller, Havelock High School, NC

    Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Finalists

  • Juliana Toyloy-Stanton, Dunbar High School, FL (US Representative)
  • Alex Meehan, Queen Anne's County High School, MD
  • Nicole Schraffenberger, Queen Anne's County High School, MD

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Expert program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC³ Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

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