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THSS grad returning to Microsoft Office World Championship

For the third straight year, former Thomas Haney Secondary student Karrah Parke will be testing her skills against the best from around the globe at Certiport’s 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.

Parke, who now attends Kwantlen University, earned a spot at the 2019 world championship by finishing first in Microsoft Excel 2016 at the Microsoft Office Specialist Canada competition.  

“I’m so excited to be going to the world championship,” said Parke. “It is a privilege to get to represent Canada as a national champion for Excel… I put in so many hours studying and practising, just as other Canadian competitors did, and it is quite moving to be rewarded for that.”

Parke earned a silver medal for PowerPoint 2016 at the 2018 world championships and the year before that she competed at the worlds in the Microsoft Word category.

Two other Canadian students, Allyanna Cruz and Noah Stelting, will join Parke to compete at the 2019 MOS World Championship, which takes place in New York from July 28-31.

CCI Learning sponsors the students’ all-expenses-paid trip to represent Canada at the worlds.

This year’s world championship attracted 1.5 million total entries and over 850,000 unique candidates from 119 countries

More than 150 champions from around the world will compete at the championship for a chance to win a $7,000 scholarship and title of “World Champion” in their respective category.

Microsoft IT Academy is offered at Samuel Robertson Technical, Thomas Haney and Westview. To learn more: http://www.sd42.ca/academy/microsoft-academy/


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