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Certiport Presents the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions

Winners Top 560,000 Competitors from 122 Countries in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Anaheim, CA – August 7, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets.

In its 16th year, the competition attracted more than 560,000 candidates from 122 countries to demonstrate their superior skills in Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Today culminated the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002.

To enter the competition, students aged 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 157 student finalists competed in the final round of competition in Anaheim, California, USA from July 31 – August 2, 2017.

The 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions are:

Microsoft Word 2013:

  • First place, Tiberiu Danciu, Romania
  • Second place, Ka Hei Chao, Macao
  • Third place, Manh Tu Bui, Vietnam

Microsoft Word 2016:

  • First place, Cheng Wai Fung, Hong Kong
  • Second place, Ieong Chi Kei, Macao
  • Third place, Eta Katherine, Nigeria

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013:

  • First place, Yip Pak Ming, Hong Kong
  • Second place, Daniela Pavlova, Bulgaria
  • Third place, Chang Wu, China

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016:

  • First place, Pattarapong Tantikowit, Thailand
  • Second place, Dheya Madhani, North Carolina, USA
  • Third place, Sofia Morales Gil, Guatemala

Microsoft Excel 2013:

  • First place, JiaXi Dai, China
  • Second place, Sam Millar, United Kingdom
  • Third place, Kyriakos Chatziefthymiadis, Greece

Microsoft Excel 2016:

  • First place, John Dumoulin, Virginia, USA
  • Second place, Sarawut Khamset, Thailand
  • Third place, Jayden Cooke, New Zealand

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. Certiport and Microsoft recognized the top competitors at the MOSWC Student Awards Ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Each first-place winner was presented with a $7,000 cash prize, second place $3,500 and third place $1,500.

“The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is inspiring – not only because these students won an impressive award, but because they have gained valuable workforce skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Aaron Osmond, General Manager at Certiport. “The best part is watching the champions go home and then report back to us with all of the amazing things they are doing academically and in the workforce. Microsoft Office Specialist certification truly changes lives.”

MOS certification is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

“We are proud to support the MOS World Championship and grateful to meet young people from all parts of the world who have discovered the power of Microsoft Office skills for productivity and employability,” said Anneleen Vaandrager, Senior Director, Education Industry at Microsoft. “The competition itself is the experience of a lifetime but every participant, all 560,000 of them, earned MOS certification to bolster their employability opportunities.

Next year, Certiport will host the 2018 MOS World Championship in Orlando, Florida. Download high-resolution photos of the winners here. The event hashtag is #MOSWC.

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 14,000 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 Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional certification programs, 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 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

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