The winners of the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship have been announced by Certiport, provider of performance-based IT certification exams.
The champions topped 148 finalists at the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The first-place winners will now head to Orlando, Florida for the MOS World Championship from July 29 – August 1, 2018.
Students from 13 to 22 years old participated in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams: Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2016 or 2013), Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2016 or 2013), and Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2016 or 2013). First place winners received a $3,000 cash prize, second place $1500 and third place $750.
The MOS U.S. National Champions are as follows:
MOS Word 2016 Champion, Aydan Soto, Age 14, Florida
MOS Excel 2016 Champion, Kevin Dimaculangan, Age 14, Florida
MOS PowerPoint 2016 Champion, Linh Nguyen, Age 17, Washington
MOS Word 2013 Champion, Jesse Ssengonzi, Age 15, North Carolina
MOS Excel 2013 Champion, Jason Benda, Age 18, Wisconsin
MOS PowerPoint 2013 Champion, Cameron Pillatsch, Age 17, Virginia
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.