Green Hope High student Alex Bainbridge will represent the U.S. at the World Competition for Microsoft Excel 2010 in Las Vegas on July 29 to August 1. Bainbridge is one of six U.S. students who earned the chance to compete at the 2012 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. More than 250,000 U.S. students competed to demonstrate their proficiency in using Microsoft Office desktop computing applications. Bainbridge is a finalist in Microsoft Excel 2010. The top three winners in each category will receive scholarship prizes for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.
“What a great honor for Alex, Green Hope and Wake County,” said his teacher Martha Roettgen.
Countries around the world host local competitions to determine country and regional representatives based on exam scores and completion times. Participants who outperform their peers to make the final round of the competition generally have perfect or near-perfect exam scores and completion times well below the allotted examination time.
The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification was created to meet the growing demand for individuals to leverage the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office Systems. Students who earn certification demonstrate proficiency using the newest versions of the desktop computing applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Current students who pass a qualifying exam and are enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution are eligible to compete. The student must be between the ages of 13 – 22 on June 15, 2012.