Microsoft Word Winner Tops 600,000 Participants Worldwide
DALLAS, TEXAS – August 17, 2015
Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Manuel Burgos of Dominican Republic has been named the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in Microsoft Word 2010, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. 15-year old Manuel is the first ever champion from the Dominican Republic, and he was sponsored by FL Betances & Associates.
In its 14th year, the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC) attracted 600,000 unique candidates who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 145 student finalists from 47 countries participated in the final round of competition.
Manuel Burgos, Dominican Republic
The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions in Word 2010 are:
- First place, Manuel Burgos, Dominican Republic
- Second place, Ryan Catalfu, USA
- Third place, Samantha Knupp, South Africa
- Fourth place, Risa Sato, Japan
- Fifth place, Lizhen Chan, Singapore
- Sixth place, Titya Eng, Cambodia
- Seventh place, Minh Tien Tran, Vietnam
- Eight place, Wei-Lun Chen, Taiwan
- Ninth place, Ellen Greenly, New Zealand
- Tenth place, Tang Baoen, China
Certiport recognized the top Microsoft Word 2013 competitors at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony at the Gaylord Texan Grapevine Resort in Dallas, Texas and presented the first, second and third place winners with scholarship money ($5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively), , a medal, a trophy and Microsoft products.
"More than 1.2 billion people use Office worldwide, and these students have taken the time to set themselves apart as the best of the best," said Alison Cunard, general manager of Learning Experiences at Microsoft. "Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification has already provided proof that they have the necessary skills to succeed in academics and the workforce. Winning the World Championship puts them in a class of their own, and we look forward to seeing how they put their Microsoft Office skills to use in the future."
In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents in Word.
"These winners are part of an elite group that know how to use Microsoft Word efficiently and to its full potential," said Aaron Osmond, vice president of the global Certiport offering for Pearson VUE. "We are proud to support this competition as a vehicle to promote what the world needs most – young people who possess in-demand workforce skills."
Next year, Certiport will host the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando, Florida. Download high-resolution photos of the winners at flickr.com/photos/certiport/albums. View and download a professional video interview with Manuel here. The event hashtag is #MOSWC.
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