Just as the Olympic Games were getting underway, another world championship was taking place in Orlando, Florida. Two Triangle teens took medals in the Microsoft Office Olympics.
Ryan Catalfu and Skyler Won had first became U.S. champions in June and won an expense-paid trip to Orlando for the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship hosted by Certiport. Now in its 15th year, the 2016 MOS World Championship attracted more than 700,000 young people from 120 countries, and 150 student regional champs from 48 countries were in Orlando for the finals.
Ryan, a 17-year-old Green Hope High School student, took the gold medal in PowerPoint 2013. He was the only gold medalist from the United States. Skyler, a 16-year-old Green Hope High School student, won silver for Excel 2010.
Certiport and Microsoft recognized the top student competitors at an awards ceremony and presented each first place 2010 winner with a $5,000 cash prize and each 2013 winner with a $7,500 cash prize. In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations for the information presented in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Next year, Certiport will host the championship in Anaheim, California.