Student from China Named Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion
WASHINGTON, DC (Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship) - August 6, 2013
Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the 2013 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.
The 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 344,000 unique candidates from 90 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 100 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.
Left to right: Christos Fiamegkos, Sicheng Wen, Noah Heffron
The top 8 Microsoft Excel 2007 finalists are:
- Sicheng Wen, China, gold medal
- Noah Heffron, USA, silver medal
- Christos Fiamegkos, Greece, bronze medal
- Hui-Hsuan Hsu, Taiwan
- Luke Benfield, United Kingdom
- Dary Hauache, Brazil
- Benyapha Kentorapak, Thailand
- Belen Tainta Neira, Mexico
Certiport recognized gold medalist Sicheng Wen at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. and presented him with a $5,000 scholarship. Noah Heffron received a 2,500 scholarship and Christos Fiamegkos received a $1,000 scholarship.
"More than 650,000 exams were uploaded as part of this competition, so these student winners are truly the best of the best at effectively using Microsoft Office tools," said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experiences Group. "Students worldwide are realizing the benefits of mastering these key productivity skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. Learning industry-leading Microsoft programs helps them to be more productive on the job from day one and that is what employers are looking for today."
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.
"In its 12th year, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship continues to grow in popularity as more students around the world realize the value of earning an industry-recognized technology certification," said Jim Holm, executive vice president, Certiport. "This year we had a 24 percent increase in the number of participants, and more than 4 million individuals have now taken a Microsoft Specialist exam to validate their skills. Holding the World Champion title will stand out on their resumes as they continue their academic and professional careers."
Next year, Certiport will host the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Anaheim, CA, U.S. Download high-resolution photos of this year's winners, along with images of the student awards ceremony at:
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