Irish student named Microsoft Office world champion

Rohan Vargas beat more than 200,000 contestants to become Microsoft Office Specialist Word World Champion

A 16-year-old student from Ireland has been named Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word World Champion.

Rohan Vargas won the twentieth edition of the worldwide competition for students aged 13 to 22, earning himself a cheque for $7,000 (£5,732) in the process.

Over 200,000 contestants from more than 100 countries originally submitted themselves for tests to show off their prowess in creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Rohan won the opportunity to represent his country at the 24-27 July final in Anaheim, California, having picked up the UK and Ireland title in the spring.

“When my teacher first shared the exciting news six months ago that I had qualified for the MOS Ireland Championship Final in Dreamspace Microsoft Ireland in May, I could not believe it!” said Rohan. “Especially as I had never heard of the competition before.”

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He had qualified for the national championship after completing online learning as part of his transition year computer science class at CBS Kilkenny.

“Travelling to the US and competing at the world championship final has been a dream come true and I still cannot get over the fact that my name was called out as the [winner],” he added.

“In the lead up to the competition I was nervous, but so excited to be shoulder to shoulder with the top students in the world, representing Ireland. The experience is one I will never forget.

“I have made lifelong friends, we got to go into the Disney Parks and adding this experience – along with MOS certification – will increase my employability when I apply for jobs after school.”

In related news, a Teesside University graduate won the bronze medal at the Adobe World Championship in the same Californian venue.

Graphic design graduate, Keavey Gamwell, was among the national champions tasked with completing a real-world design challenge for non-profit marine conservation organisation, The Ocean Agency.

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