Katherine Eta, a 16-year-old student of Childville School, Ogudu, Lagos, has emerged the third place winner for Microsoft Word in the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship hosted by Certiport in Anaheim, CA, USA.
Eta competed against 156 other finalists from 49 countries to take home the coveted Word trophy. Zenith Bank and Readmanna supported her in her trip to the USA and she was the only African student to win a medal in the competition.
For her effort, Katherine received $1,500, a NuVision Solo 10 Draw Tablet at the world championship and another N750,000 ReadManna Chairman’s Prize. Wai Feng Cheng (Hong Kong) and Chi Kei Leong (Macao) came first and second respectively.
The annual Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests student’s skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Apart from Katerine, four other Nigerian students had represented Nigeria at the competition which is open to all students aged between 13 and 22 years enrolled in an academic institution.
The team was accompanied to the championship by an ICT Teacher from Glisten International Academy, Abuja, Stephen Adeyemi.
The 2017 MOSWC in versions 2013 and 2016 of the Microsoft programs was contested worldwide by about 1.1 million students from 140 countries. 157 students from 50 countries eventually qualified to compete in the world finals in Disneyland, California.
This year’s championship was held over a period of seven months from April 30 to Aug.1 with about 882 entries from 20 secondary schools in Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Kwara and the FCT.
The competition ended with 112 out of the 161 students shortlisted for the national competition certified in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
In all, more than 560,000 candidates entered the 2017 competition worldwide.