Six U.S. Students to Compete for Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion Title in Washington, D.C.

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Certiport names winners at U.S. National Championship from 140,000 competitors in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Six U.S. high school students will compete against participants from over 40 countries at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championship in Washington, D.C.

More than 140,000 students in the United States entered to demonstrate their level of proficiency in utilizing the world's foremost desktop computing applications

Certiport (http://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 (MOS) U.S. National Champions. The winners were named at the U.S. National Championship in Park City, Utah and will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championship from July 31 – August 3, 2013.

  •     Microsoft Excel® 2010: Nina Joseph, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
  •     Microsoft Excel® 2007: Noah Heffron, Rogers Heritage High School, Rogers, AR
  •     Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010: Jake Ruiz, Fayette County High School, Fayetteville, GA
  •     Microsoft PowerPoint® 2007: Cory Bolles, Braden River High School, Bradenton, FL
  •     Microsoft Word® 2010: Alex Bainbridge, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
  •     Microsoft Word® 2007: Emily Peet, Queen Anne’s County High School, Centreville, MD

From August 2012 to May 2013, more than 140,000 students in the United States entered to demonstrate their level of proficiency in utilizing the world's foremost desktop computing applications. At the U.S. National Championship 28 finalists participated in timed exams and interviews to demonstrate their expertise in Microsoft Office programs. The winners have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. along with a chaperone.

“These six students already have an accomplishment to put on their resumes and college applications that will set them above their peers with proven technology skills,” said Jim Holm, executive vice president, Certiport. “They demonstrated their expertise in Microsoft Office applications – which will help them as they continue their studies and find jobs. Many of them have already obtained internships in the technology industry and I know all of them will represent the U.S. well in Washington, D.C.”

The U.S. Champions were selected from an elite group of finalists including:

Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Semi-Finalists

Nina Joseph, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC (U.S. Champion)
Sean Kelly, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
Tyler Millis, Dunbar High School, Ft. Myers, FL
Emilie Piatak, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
Joseph Stanley, Orem Junior High, Orem, UT
Michelle Sun, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Semi-Finalists

Noah Heffron, Rogers Heritage High School, Rogers, AR (U.S. Champion)
Sydny Blanchard, Breaux Bridge High School, St. Martinville, LA
Victoria Tran, Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington, FL

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Semi-Finalists

Jake Ruiz, Fayette County High School, Fayetteville, GA (U.S. Champion)
Wade Beveridge, Orem Junior High, Orem, UT
Ali Khan, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
Jessy Locklear, Hunt High School, Wilson, NC
Jorge Perla, Durham School of the Arts, Durham, NC
Kiley Pignataro, Queen Anne’s County High School, Centreville, MD
John Sprink, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Semi-Finalists

Cory Bolles, Braden River High School, Bradenton, FL (U.S. Champion)
Breana Guarnera, Queen Anne’s County High School, Centreville, MD
Rodney Wallace, Dunbar High School, Ft. Myers, FL

Microsoft Word 2010 Semi-Finalists

Alex Bainbridge, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC (U.S. Champion)
Amanda Beaudry, Smiths Station High School, Smiths Station, AL
Benjamin Duncan, Southern Nash High School, Bailey, NC
Alexandra Moulis, Queen Anne’s County High School, Centreville, MD
Brandon Pitts, Southern Nash High School, Bailey, NC
Morgan VanRiper, Kalama Middle/High School, Kalama, WA

Microsoft Word 2007 Semi-Finalists

Emily Peet, Queen Anne’s County High School, Centreville, MD (U.S. Champion)
Corey Coyne, Patriot High School, Nokesville, VA
Kiara Lofton, Harlan Community Academy High School, Chicago, IL

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 12,000 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 Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/certiport.

"Certiport," "IC³" and "MeasureUp" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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