This week, Microsoft hosted the final rounds of the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, during which 50-odd young people gathered in Park City, Utah, and competed to prove which four were the most proficient in Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007, and Microsoft Excel 2003 and 2007, respectively. Those few dozen showed themselves to be the best of the best among a pool of 115,000 entrants. As part of the competition, each contestant was allotted 50 minutes to complete a series of tasks within the programs. The four champions -- who were each given a $6,500 scholarship -- finished their exams in 10 to 15 minutes, and all had perfect scores.
But it wasn't just the winners who walked away with a sense of victory. Although he didn't finish first, 17-year-old Chicagoan Adrian Mercado told CNET that he was much more motivated by the experience than defeated. Galvanized by the challenge and by inspiring conversations with Microsoft employees, Mercado is intent on continuing his studies and achieving his full potential. "I can honestly say that they are changing my life," he said. [From: CNET]Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments