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MHS student to compete for world computer championship

RCC and MHS student Kyle Forst (center) accepts the congratulations of Certiport officials on his winning one of the six spots on the United States team that will compete in the 2014 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in Anaheim, California, July 27-30.

Out of over 300,000 entrants from across the United States, Kyle Forst of Middlesex County, has been chosen as one of six persons who will compete against representatives of 120 other nations at the 2014 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships in Anaheim, California, July 27-30.

Forst won the national title earlier this year in the category of Microsoft Word 2010. Forst received a Microsoft SurfaceTM Tablet and a trophy, in addition to the all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim for the World Championship.

“He has proven his superior knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, the most popular productivity tools in the world, and we wish him the best as he competes at the World Championship,” said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE (the parent company of Certiport, which arranged the timed exams and interviews on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs that constituted the national championship).

Now a rising senior, Forst has been earning straight A’s in general curricular subjects at Middlesex High School, as well as the advanced computer classes offered through a partnership with Rappahannock Community College. These classes, covering software development, operating systems, web design and game design have already qualified him for an RCC career studies certificate in web design as well as six Microsoft Office Specialist certificates, three Microsoft Technology Associate certificates, and one Microsoft Office Specialist Master certificate.

“The dedicated instructors at Bridging Communities go above and beyond their duties in many ways,” said Whelan.

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posted 07.16.2014

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