Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions Named in Anaheim, CA
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word winners top 400,000 participants Worldwide
ANAHEIM, CA (Adobe Certified Associate World Championship) – July 31, 2014
Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.
In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.
The 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions are:
- Chan Ian Weng, Macau, Word 2010
- Kin Ian Lo, Macau, Excel 2010
- Arjit Kansal, India, PowerPoint 2010
- Dominique Howard, USA, Word 2007
- Ian Leitao Ferreira, Brazil, Excel 2007
- Tyler Millis, USA, PowerPoint 2007
Certiport recognized the top six student competitors at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony at Disney's Grand Californian Resort and presented each with a $5,000 scholarship.
"Microsoft Office Specialist certification gives students a way to become tangibly prepared for college or a career," said Margo Day, vice president of US education at Microsoft. "Today's job market requires computer proficiency and all individuals who earn certification have a valuable credential proving their skills. We congratulate the top winners for their extra efforts and look forward to seeing how they put their superior Microsoft Office skills to use in their future endeavors."
In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations for the information presented in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
"More than 740,000 exams were uploaded as part of this competition, and the MOS World Champions are tops in an elite group of individuals who know how to use Microsoft Office tools effectively," said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE. "Microsoft Office Specialist certification continues to grow in popularity all over the world, allowing more students to prove they have the academic and workforce skills to succeed."
Next year, Certiport will host the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Dallas, Texas. Download high-resolution photos of the winners at https://www.flickr.com/photos/certiport/sets/72157645969005086/. View video interviews with the winners at www.youtube.com/certiportcomms. The event hashtag is #MOSWC.
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