Certiport Names Student From China Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion

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Silver Medalist from Arkansas, USA, Bronze Medalist from Greece

2013 Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champions from Greece (bronze), China (gold), USA (silver)

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 World Champions, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. Sicheng Wen of China was named the World Champion in Microsoft Excel 2007.

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.

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 spreadsheets for the information presented in Exel.

"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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/certiport .

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE company, 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 Microsoft Certified Educators program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strataâ„¢ 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 158 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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