She bested 350,000 competitors to demonstrate superior Microsoft PowerPoint skills and advance to the World Championship
The winners of the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners.
Linh Nguyen, a 17-year old who just graduated from Auburn Mountainview High School in Auburn, Washington, took top honors at the competition that included more than 350,000 total entrants and 147 finalists in Atlanta, Georgia. She won first place in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 category, and in addition to a $3,000 cash prize, she and a chaperone will now head to Orlando, Florida for the MOS World Championship from July 29 – August 1, 2018. “I did not think I would become the winner, so I was so surprised when they called me for first place – I can’t believe that,” said Linh. “I feel happy but it is so scary to move on and compete against other countries. There are many people who are so smart but I can try my best.” Linh just completed her final exams and graduated from Auburn Mountainview High School. She plans to go to community college and study computer science before transferring to a four-year university. Linh taught herself English as a second language after moving to the United States from Vietnam three years ago. She is the only female MOS U.S. National Champion this year.
This success comes from a significant investment since 2011 made by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State to bring Microsoft Office Specialist Certification to all secondary and middle schools. Over 260 schools offer the MOS exams across the state of Washington. Another Washington student placed third in the competition in the Microsoft Word category. Bailey Griffin attends Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens. He is 16 and qualified for the event last year as well, and has mastered each of the Microsoft Office programs. After entering a passing score on an eligible MOS Exam in the qualifying round, 147 finalists were given a printed copy of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to recreate along with printed instructions and digital assets. They were then scored according to the accuracy of the recreation compared to the original. “We’re so impressed by all of these students – they’ve proven they can use Microsoft Office tools effectively which will be a key to successful academic and career pursuits,” said Raymond Murray, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE. “Our goal is to turn these students from learners to earners, and many of them go on to win internships and jobs as a result of proving their skills in Microsoft Office.”
Certiport anticipates more than 150 finalists from more than 30 countries will compete at the MOS World Championship where students will again participate in a unique competition exam in their track. Six winners will receive cash prizes, medals and the title of Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Excel or PowerPoint World Champion.
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