Canadian Student Brings Home a Silver Medal for Canada in PowerPoint 2016

August 10, 2018

Vancouver, Canada – A Canadian student from Maple Ridge, B.C. has been awarded the Silver medal; second in the world for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 while competing in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.

Eighteen-year-old Karrah Parke, a graduate from Thomas Haney Secondary School, out-performed more than 760,000 competitors from 116 countries. Students had to recreate a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 presentation created by Microsoft and Certiport, with a time limit of 50 minutes. They were marked by their level of correctness and the time they could complete the task in.

This was Parke’s second time competing at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships, last year she competed in Microsoft Office Word 2016. She has spent countless hours preparing and practicing her PowerPoint 2016 skills to once again represent her country on a global stage. CCI Learning sponsors the competition in Canada with an all-expenses-paid trip for the Country Champions in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Parke received the title and silver medal, $3,500 US cash prize, and a Microsoft 2-in-1 laptop last week at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Florida, USA.

Parke says, “Going to the World Championships was such a unique and incredible experience. It was truly an opportunity of a lifetime to get to go. It was amazing to meet people from all over the world that have similar interests and passions. It is an extremely well-organized event, as they kept us busy from the moment we arrived. The mixer the first night was incredibly fun and entertaining, and the test itself was challenging, but going to the amusement park [Universal Studios – Harry Potter World] the next day was the perfect way to relax and de-stress. Regardless of final placement, it was simply wonderful just to have the chance to be there.”

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