Certiport Names 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions

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We have announced the winners of the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship!

In its 17th year the competition attracted more than 760,000 candidates from 116 countries, a 35 percent increase in participation year-over-year. Students entered to prove their superior skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002.

To enter the competition, students age 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 152 student finalists from 52 countries competed in the final round of competition in Orlando, Florida, USA from July 29 – August 1, 2018.

The 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions are:

Microsoft Word® 2013

First place, Chia-I Lin, Taiwan

Second place, Kuan Hou Lei, Macau

Third place, Doan Duc Thanh, Vietnam

Fourth place, Mihaela Florea, Romania

Fifth place, Pok Lam Tang, Hong Kong

Sixth place, Lisa Grau, Germany

Seventh place, Sebastian Thomas, New Zealand

Eigth place, Jesse Ssengonzi, USA

Ninth place, Tarik Dzambic, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tenth place, Panagiotis Nikolopoulos, Greece

Microsoft Word® 2016

First place, Apakorn Kengkanna, Thailand

Second place, Ka Wang Sin, Macau

Third place, Adam Drummond, Isle of Man

Fourth place, Jan Cerny, Czech Republic

Fifth place, Yong Kit Keith Chan, Singapore

Sixth place, Sooyi An, South Korea

Seventh place, Aidan Smith, Australia

Eigth place, Aydan Soto, USA

Ninth place, Somsith Phonphukdy, Laos

Tenth place, Ana Ocampos, Paraguay

Microsoft PowerPoint® 2013

First place, Nutthaphong Tuemala, Thailand

Second place, Irina Kurteva, Bulgaria

Third place, Ba Trong Dai Nguyen, Vietnam

Fourth place, Hoi Chon Tam, Macau

Fifth place, Lai Tin Ming, Hong Kong

Sixth place, Dennis Rotariu, Romania

Seventh place, Nan Lin, China

Eighth place, Christopher Tang, New Zealand

Ninth place, Kar Wang Chew, Singapore

Tenth place, Efthymia Ziota, Greece

Microsoft PowerPoint® 2016

First place, Tristan Mona, New Zealand

Second place, Karrah Parke, Canada

Third place, Apinan Kamsumrit, Thailand

Fourth place, Valentin Yalamov, Bulgaria

Fifth place, Juan Manuel Suarez Garcia, Mexico

Sixth place, Pou Leng Ho, Macao

Seventh place, Andreas Knecht Riquelme, Paraguay

Eighth place, Chibuzo Iyke-Osuji, Nigeria

Ninth place, Seongmin Lee, South Korea

Tenth place, Ang Yong Xiang Adwin, Singapore

Microsoft Excel® 2013

First place, Yip Pak Ming, Hong Kong

Second place, Leong Chon Hou, Macau

Third place, Wang Li-Ting, Taiwan

Fourth place, Tiberiu Danciu, Romania

Fifth place, Vu Quang Anh, Vietnam

Sixth place, Yasmine El Hajj, Lebanon

Seventh place, Jack Hui, New Zealand

Eigth place, Anastasios Melas, Greece

Ninth place, Anes Torlakovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tenth place, Shotaro Nishimura, Japan

Microsoft Excel® 2016

First place, Kevin Dimaculangan, Florida, USA

Second place, Masato Ohno, Japan

Third place, Sead Smailagic, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Fourth place, Ryan Ng, Singapore

Fifth place, Cheng Wai Fung, Hong Kong

Sixth place, Meng Leong Un, Macau

Seventh place, Sonkin Reine, Cameroon

Eighth place, Alexander James, New Zealand

Ninth place, Chin Chiang, Taiwan

Tenth place, Kartik Soneji, India

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. Certiport and Microsoft recognized the top student competitors at the MOSWC Student Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida and presented each first-place winner with a $7,000 cash prize.

With 2.3 million certifications delivered annually, MOS is the world’s largest IT certification program. MOS is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

Next year, Certiport will host the 2019 MOS World Championship at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, NY from July 28-31, 2019. Download high-resolution photos of the winners here and video interviews here. The event hashtag is #MOSWC.

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