Maple Ridge High School Breaks Record by Sending 3 Students to Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship


Left to right: Westview Secondary School IT Instructor Todd Goodman with his students Trevor Dean (Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 National Champion), Nash Taylor (Microsoft Excel 2013 National Champion), and Phillip MacBride (Microsoft Word 2013 National Champion).Left to right: Westview Secondary School IT Instructor Todd Goodman with his students Trevor Dean (Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 National Champion), Nash Taylor (Microsoft Excel 2013 National Champion), and Phillip MacBride (Microsoft Word 2013 National Champion).

UPDATE! Aug. 12, 2015 — Nash Taylor wins silver in Excel 2013…

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is held annually for students of academic institutions teaching Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

Last year, the event attracted 400,000 unique participants from all over the world and even more are expected this year. The categories to compete in are Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The competitors who will represent Canada at the 2015 world finals have just been chosen and all three are high school students from Westview Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC.

This is the first time a Canadian high school has produced not just one, but all three national champions.

Nash Taylor (Microsoft Excel 2013 National Champion), Phillip MacBride (Microsoft Word 2013 National Champion), and Trevor Dean (Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 National Champion) have outperformed competition from schools, colleges and universities all over Canada to win the national championship. As a result of being the best in Canada, the trio have also won an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas, Texas on August 10th, 2015 to compete against outstanding students like themselves from across the globe. Their trip is sponsored by Microsoft and Certiport Partner, CCI Learning.

School District No. 42 began offering Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in its schools in 2013. Now hundreds of their students are earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and on top of this, becoming national champions.

Westview Secondary IT Teacher, Todd Goodman is very proud of his students’ hard work and dedication saying,

“We are extremely proud of Phillip, Nash and Trevor. Their accomplishments this year earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications have been stellar. They are all excited at the prospect of representing Canada at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. These three students are amazing leaders, and will be an inspiration for future students in the program.”

Microsoft Office Specialist certification is available for Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint and OneNote. It is the world’s largest ICT certification and relevant to everyone given that 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office Applications everyday.

Malcolm Knox, President and CEO of CCI Learning is proud of Westview’s success. He adds,

“Westview began offering Microsoft Office Specialist in August. It is truly astonishing and unprecedented in Canada to have all three champions from the same high school! They now go on to compete against their global peers to see who will be crowned world champion.”

Now the students are busily preparing for the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship where they will compete among the best certified students in the world. The World Championship is also a valuable networking event where students will not only meet their global competitors, but also sponsors and Microsoft partners from all over the world.

We once again congratulate Nash, Phillip, and Trevor on their outstanding accomplishment and invite the nation to cheer on our Canadian champions as they prepare and compete in the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Dallas, Texas. Follow Westview Secondary’s Twitter account for the latest updates!

2015 Microsoft Office Specialist National Champions Meeting
The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is held annually for students of academic institutions teaching Microsoft Office Specialist certification. The competitors who will represent Canada at the 2015 world finals have just been chosen and all three are high school students from Westview Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC. This is the first time a Canadian high school has produced not just one, but all three national champions!

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3 Students from same Maple Ridge, BC High School named winners in the Microsoft Office Specialist Canadian Championship

3 Students from Westview Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC Will Represent Canada at the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Langley, BC, Canada – June 26, 2015

CCI Learning is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist Canadian Championship, achieving top national test scores in Microsoft Office Excel 2013, Microsoft Office Word 2013, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013. Last year, one student from Maple Ridge became the first ever student from a high school to represent Canada, alongside students from a university and a college. This year the winners are all high school students from Westview Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC.

The winners of the Microsoft Office Specialist Canadian Championship are as follows:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013: Nash Taylor
  • Microsoft Word 2013: Phillip MacBride
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013: Trevor Dean

The trio from Westview will move forward with an all-expenses paid trip, sponsored by CCI Learning to represent Canada at the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Dallas, Texas on Monday, August 10th, 2015.

The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Top students in each country are invited to compete at the World Championship.

Last year, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries. This year, Microsoft is expecting even more candidates from all over the world. Candidates will compete for a chance to win a $7,500 scholarship and the title of “World Champion” in their respective categories.

Westview Secondary IT Teacher, Todd Goodman is very proud of his students’ hard work and dedication saying, “We are extremely proud of Phillip, Nash and Trevor. Their accomplishments this year earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications have been stellar. They are all excited at the prospect of representing Canada at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. These three students are amazing leaders, and will be an inspiration for future students in the program.”

Malcolm Knox, President and CEO of CCI Learning is proud of Westview’s success. He adds, “Westview began offering Microsoft Office Specialist in August. It is truly astonishing and unprecedented in Canada to have all three champions from the same high school! They now go on to compete against their global peers to see who will be crowned world champion.”

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