Two Auburn Mountainview College students Put in Nationwide Microsoft Competitiveness

Like most lecturers, Auburn Mountainview High School’s Patricia Eckelman was not thrilled about length mastering – especially her Microsoft Place of work Professional class. Nevertheless, there was one emphasize of the school calendar year, coaching two learners, in the Microsoft Workplace Specialist Nationwide On line Championship.

To participate in the championship, students ought to post their Microsoft Business office Professional examination score during 1 of the two qualifier rounds. Prime pupils from these qualifier rounds are then invited to signify their condition at the U.S. Nationwide Microsoft Workplace Expert Championship.

Two of Eckelman’s pupils, Quynh Vo and Alejandro Espino-Cebrero, positioned in the Microsoft Business Professional Countrywide On line Championship. Vo put to start with in Microsoft Term 2016, and Espino-Cebrero put next in Excel 2019. Both of those winners obtained funds prizes, a trophy, and either a Surface GoPro or an Xbox 1 X.

The annual opposition tests pupils amongst ages 13 to 22 on distinct capabilities for just one of six Microsoft Business office Plans. The programs competencies are tested for are Phrase, PowerPoint, Excel for 2016 or the Microsoft 365 app and Business 2019. All opponents are examined in a proctored lab on their respective tests in the national competitors.

Even though both equally learners have placed continuously in the exact level of competition for the past three years, absolutely nothing is at any time specific. In addition to competing versus college students, members just cannot compete in the application they previously have.

“I’m in my 30th year of educating and I however go through the exact same emotions of currently being nervous when they announce [the finalists] but I get to cheer them on like their cheerleader trainer,” Eckelman reported.

Vo mentioned she had no notion what to be expecting when the winners had been announced.

a graphic celebrating Quynh Vo's first place win
Quynh Vo | courtesy photo

“I was certainly shocked—there were being many periods the place I was pondering that if I could take care of to do this for the duration of the competitors and screening, there were probably other folks who could way too,” Vo claimed. “At the exact same time, I was genuinely happy and excited but uncertain because I stored wanting to know how the outcomes would change if the competitiveness was not virtual—it was kind of like imposter syndrome.”

Vo is now on the lookout forward to the Microsoft Business Expert Globe Competition that she has been invited to take part in this November. Until then she is hunting forward to beginning her lessons for her applied math important at the University of Washington, exactly where she’ll proceed employing the abilities she acquired at Auburn Mountainview High Faculty.

Espino-Cebrero is also on the lookout ahead to competing again up coming calendar year this time his eye is on the 1st area title.

a graphic celebrating Alejandro Espino-Cebrero's second place win
Alejandro Espino-Cebrero | courtesy picture

“When I to start with identified out I scored next spot I was both happy and a bit disappointed. I was expecting to get 3rd place so listening to that I received 2nd was a pleasant shock, but also remaining so shut to initially was a tiny irritating,” he said.

Similar to Vo, Espino-Cebrero is aware he’ll use the capabilities he realized in large school in his future vocation. Whilst he isn’t positive what that may possibly be, he has his eye on the IT and finance area.

“I’m so proud of them. I normally say do a thing nowadays that your long run self will thank you for, and this is it,” Eckelman mentioned.

Congratulations Quynh and Alejandro! Excellent luck to you the two in the approaching university yr and upcoming competitions.


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To produce this short article, the Auburn Examiner interviewed Patricia Eckelman, reviewed data on the Certiport and MOS Championship web site, and spoke with Quynh Vo and Alejandro Espino-Cebrero.