Certiport Announces U.S. Qualifiers for Championship Round of Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office : Students from Reno, Nevada Earn Trip to Compete for the Title of "World Champ" against 44 Other Country Champions During Certiport PATHWAYS HAWAII

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Certiport today announced Anthony Lewis, 17, and Justin Wainscott, 18—both from Reno, Nevada—are the 2008 U.S. Champions for Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, respectively. These Country Champions and more than 56,000 students from 47 countries participated in multiple rounds of local, national, and regional competitions in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office from October 2007 to May 2008. Both were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to vie for the title “World Champ” of Microsoft Word and Excel during Certiport PATHWAYS™ HAWAII international conference July 31 – August 2.

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Anyone can say they have experience and skills, but receiving the certification and participating in this Competition prove that I have them.

The U.S. qualifiers are excited for the chance to display the knowledge and skills they have developed. Justin Wainscott, the Word Country Champion, said he was most excited for the competition because it would give him an opportunity to match his skills with other competitors from around the world.

But the finalists are not just looking forward to visiting Hawaii—they also recognize the long-term benefits the Competition and credential will bring. "I believe that participating in the Competition will help with both my educational and occupational pursuits," said Anthony Lewis, the Excel Country Champion. "Anyone can say they have experience and skills, but receiving the certification and participating in this Competition prove that I have them."

In the upcoming final round of the Worldwide Competition only one Excel winner and one Word winner will earn the prestigious distinction of being World Champion. Both Champions will receive a trophy and a grand-prize package worth $6,500 USD. The package includes a Dell™ Notebook Computer with Windows Vista™ and Microsoft Office 2003, Pocket PC Phone with Microsoft® Windows Mobile™, Microsoft® Zune™ MP3 player, Microsoft® Xbox 360™ Console and Game Bundle, Microsoft® Learning Courseware, e-Learning, and Certification Bundle.

Country Champions of the Competition include:

Country Champions - Microsoft Word

  Country Champions - Microsoft Excel

Canada - Sarah Davies Canada - Jamie Fontane China -Zhenhua Lu China - Jian Li China - Mengjie Zhang China - Pin Lu Costa Rica - Yariela Barquerotliranda Costa Rica - Carlos Moliva El Salvador - Luis ErnestoNajarro Trejo

France - Paul Marcon Germany - Natalie Kurdes Greece - Fotios Papazafeiropoulos Greece George Lamprianidis Honduras - Carlos Chinchilla Honduras - Maria Carolina Chinchilla Hong Kong - Chan On Sang Hong Kong - Chi Yuen Chan Ireland - John Oritz Ireland - Koate Moran Japan - Manami Fujimoto Japan - Yuko Ihara Korea - Yeon Ju Lee Jordan - Haya Khirfan Korea - Bit Na Kwon Korea - Chang Hyeon Yeo Mexico - William Suarez Mendel Korea - Hye Meong Park Palestine - Amjad Abu Aysheh Mexico - Paolo D'Amico Lopez Singapore - You Hock Tan Palestine - Thabit Sabbah Singapore - Zi Yi Sharon Chan Singapore - Yuan Jie Lim Taiwan - Li-Mei Weng Singapore - Zi Yi Sharon Chan Taiwan - Kai-Chun Chang Taiwan - Wen Che Tao Thailand - Penporn Koanantakool Taiwan - Ching Ting Wei United Kingdom - Phillipa Dunlop Thailand - Chawanat Nakasan USA - Anthony Lewis United Kingdom - Martha Cattell USA - Justin Wainscott For more information about the 2008 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, visit http://www.officecompetition.com.

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