Certiport Presents the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions

The winners of the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets.

In its 16th year, the competition attracted more than 560,000 candidates from 122 countries to demonstrate their superior skills in Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Today culminated 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 aged 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 157 student finalists competed in the final round of competition in Anaheim, California, USA from July 31 – August 2, 2017.

The 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions are:

Microsoft Word 2013:

First place, Tiberiu Danciu, Romania

Second place, Ka Hei Chao, Macao

Third place, Manh Tu Bui, Vietnam

Fourth place, Forrest Liu, USA

Fifth place, Irina Kurteva, Bulgaria

Sixth place, Jose David Toribio Lied, Dominican Republic

Seventh place, Noah Stelting, Canada

Eighth place, Samuel Ruiz Perez, Mexico

Ninth place, Ya Che Tsai, Taiwan

Tenth place, Pak Hin Chan, Hong Kong

Microsoft Word 2016:

First place, Cheng Wai Fung, Hong Kong

Second place, Ieong Chi Kei, Macao

Third place, Eta Katherine, Nigeria

Fourth place, Joshua Garrelts, USA

Fifth place, Chinwei Lin, Taiwan

Sixth place, Nikolay Kolev, Bulgaria

Seventh place, Theerasak Pengyim, Thailand

Eighth place, Zhiqiang Wei, China

Ninth place, Karrah Hitchcox, Canada

Tenth place, Olga Lolita Jerez Ruiz, Guatemala

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

First place, Yip Pak Ming, Hong Kong

Second place, Daniela Pavlova, Bulgaria

Third place, Chang Wu, China

Fourth place, Ka Wang Sin, Macao

Fifth place, Tassana Seehnad, Thailand

Sixth place, Yong Lun Lin, Taiwan

Seventh place, Gustavo Luna Munoz, Mexico

Eighth place, Sebastian Thomas, New Zealand

Ninth place, Tien Diep Do, Vietnam

Tenth place, Amila Mujkic, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

First place, Pattarapong Tantikowit, Thailand

Second place, Dheya Madhani, North Carolina, USA

Third place, Sofia Morales Gil, Guatemala

Fourth place, Kuan Hou Lei, Macao

Fifth place, Ayush Vij, India

Sixth place, Kai Xuan Tan, Malaysia

Seventh place, Jonathan Foot, United Kingdom

Eighth place, Ed Allison, New Zealand

Ninth place, Hunjae Jo, Korea

Tenth place, Nikita Krivonosov, Russia

Microsoft Excel 2013

First place, JiaXi Dai, China

Second place, Sam Millar, United Kingdom

Third place, Kyriakos Chatziefthymiadis, Greece

Fourth place, Lai Tin Ming, Hong Kong

Fifth place, Shrey Tailor, New Zealand

Sixth place, Tatsuyoshi Koguchi, Japan

Seventh place, Quoc Trung Duong, Vietnam

Eighth place, Oudomsavanh Xayavong, Laos

Ninth place, Chou Chio Lao, Macao

Tenth place, Alina Zaidi, United Arab Emirates

Microsoft Excel 2016

First place, John Dumoulin, Virginia, USA

Second place, Sarawut Khamset, Thailand

Third place, Jayden Cooke, New Zealand

Fourth place, Keval Dedhia, India

Fifth place, Chong Hin Leung, Macao

Sixth place, Sze Yin Lam, Hong Kong

Seventh place, Jose Tobar Cardona, Guatemala

Eighth place, Xin Li, China

Ninth place, Rosario Ruiz, Paraguay

Tenth place, Henry Andreu Salinas, Peru

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 competitors at the MOSWC Student Awards Ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Each first-place winner was presented with a $7,000 cash prize, second place $3,500 and third place $1,500.

“The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is inspiring – not only because these students won an impressive award, but because they have gained valuable workforce skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Aaron Osmond, General Manager at Certiport. “The best part is watching the champions go home and then report back to us with all of the amazing things they are doing academically and in the workforce.  Microsoft Office Specialist certification truly changes lives.”

MOS certification 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.

“We are proud to support the MOS World Championship and grateful to meet young people from all parts of the world who have discovered the power of Microsoft Office skills for productivity and employability,” said Anneleen Vaandrager, Senior Director, Education Industry at Microsoft. “The competition itself is the experience of a lifetime but every participant, all 560,000 of them, earned MOS certification to bolster their employability opportunities.”

Next year, Certiport will host the 2018 MOS World Championship in Orlando, Florida. Download high-resolution photos of the winners here and here, and video interviews here. The event hashtag is #MOSWC.


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