Two New Zealand students, Aidan Sharpe and Marie Bailey, came home winners in the technology Olympics after spending a week in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Avondale College's Aidan competed in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship and won the silver medal for PowerPoint and Marie taking home a cash prize of US$3,750. Narrowly missing out on a medal was fellow Avondale College student Di Kun Ong, who placed fifth in the Microsoft Excel competition; the third consecutive year that he has achieved results within the world’s top ten.
In its 15th year, the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions (MOSWC) attracted more than 700,000 unique candidates from 120 countries who took an MOS certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 150 student finalists from 48 countries competed in the final round of competition in Orlando, Florida, USA.
This global competition tests the expertise of young people aged 13-23 as they create documents and complete timed tasks in PowerPoint, Excel or Microsoft Word with accuracy and speed. Convened by computer skills certification company Certiport.
Australasia now boasts a total of eight top-ten place winners in the competition’s history. All eight have hailed from Avondale College.
Marie Bailey competed in a digital design competition in Orlando, the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship. She placed 9th and received the "People's Choice" award for her design, which beat out more than 230,000 competitors worldwide.