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Dreams really do come true for UK Student at the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships!

Andrew Flood, CEO Prodigy Learning and Sam Millar, World Championship runner up

Sam Millar, from University of St. Andrews, was called to stage as one of the winners in the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. Sam took 2nd place in the Excel 2013 category of the championship, walking away with a medal, a cash prize of $3,500 and a smile of pride!

Andrew Flood, CEO Prodigy Learning and Sam Millar, World Championship runner up.

In its 16th year, the competition attracted more than 560,000 candidates from 122 countries to demonstrate their superior skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Today culminated the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002.

To enter the competition, students aged 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 157 student finalists competed in the final round of competition in Anaheim, California, USA from July 31 – August 2, 2017.

In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Certiport and Microsoft recognized the top competitors at the MOSWC Student Awards Ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Each first-place winner was presented with a $7,000 cash prize, second place $3,500 and third place $1,500.

“The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is inspiring – not only because these students won an impressive award, but because they have gained valuable workforce skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Aaron Osmond, General Manager at Certiport. “The best part is watching the champions go home and then report back to us with all of the amazing things they are doing academically and in the workforce. Microsoft Office Specialist certification truly changes lives.”

high-five for Sam Sam gets a high-five from Chris Roy, Sr. Director at Microsoft Learning & Readiness Team after announcement of being placed 2nd in Excel 2013.

MOS certification is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

prize of $3500
Don Wagner, Sr. Vice President, Business Development at Pearson VUE / Anneleen Vaandrager, Sr. Director, Education Industry at Microsoft / Sam Miller / Chris Roy, Sr. Director at Microsoft Learning & Readiness Team / Aaron Osmond, General Manager at Certiport.

“We are proud to support the MOS World Championship and grateful to meet young people from all parts of the world who have discovered the power of Microsoft Office skills for productivity and employability,” said Anneleen Vaandrager, Senior Director, Education Industry at Microsoft. “The competition itself is the experience of a lifetime but every participant, all 560,000 of them, earned MOS certification to bolster their employability opportunities.”

Of the 157 student finalists in Anaheim the UK and Ireland was also represented by two other students:

Matthew Davies (Treorchy Comprehensive School, Wales) – Word

Jonathan Foot (UTC Reading, England) – PowerPoint

Matthew Davies

Jonathan Foot

Next year, the 2018 MOS World Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida…All schools, colleges and universities should watch out for entry instructions this September from Prodigy Learning!

About Prodigy Learning: Prodigy Learning, Certiport Global Partner of the Year 2016, is an award-winning provider of IT learning and certification solutions for Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and other technologies. These IT certifications deliver job-ready skills, improving employability for students and productivity for employees.

As the Certiport Solution Provider for the UK & Ireland, Prodigy is responsible for managing, among others, the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) training and certification programmes. Prodigy is also a Microsoft Authorised Education Partner and Global Training Partner, supporting academic institutions with Microsoft Imagine Academy and other Microsoft Education solutions.

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