September 13, 2019
Sept. 13, 2019—Cypress Falls High School graduate Carlos Garcia competed in the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship over the summer, joining other students in showcasing their mastery in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint at the Certiport Educator Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Students and competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 were eligible to participate among six competition tracks by submitting qualifying scores on any of the Office, Excel or PowerPoint exams (2016 and 2013 versions). Garcia was named the Texas Champion in the 2016 MOS Excel track.
Garcia was among 146 finalists at the national competition in June, which saw more than 365,000 participants submit scores.
“We have seen amazing results from the Microsoft Office Specialist program at our schools as students learn and validate key workforce skills from middle school to high school,” said David Srubar, CFISD career and technical education (CTE) coordinator. “The Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship further motivates them to earn certification and we are proud of these students who have proven to be the best in our state. They certainly made us proud by representing us at the U.S. National Championship.”
Competitors took a unique exam in their respective category, with each given a printed copy of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to recreate. Participants were scored according to accuracy of recreation compared to the original.
Winners earned prizes in addition to a trip to participate in the MOS World Championship, which was held in July in New York City.
“We’re impressed by these students – not only have they proven they are the best in their state at using Microsoft Office products effectively, they now have an important distinction to place on their resume that shows a desire to learn and validate in-demand skills,” said Craig Bushman, vice president of marketing at Certiport, which provides learning curriculum, practice tests and performance-based certification exams. “The title ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ will serve them well in their academic and career pursuits.”