Westview kids off to worlds

Trio first in Microsoft Office National Competition

(From left) Westview secondary IT instructor Todd Goodman with his students Trevor Dean

(From left) Westview secondary IT instructor Todd Goodman with his students Trevor Dean

Three students from Westview secondary are ranked No. 1 in Canada in the Microsoft Office National Competition, and will move on to the world championships.

Nash Taylor won on Excel, Phillip MacBride on Word and Trevor Dean for PowerPoint.

The trio will now be competing and representing Canada in the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.

Last year, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted 400,000 unique participants and  more are expected this year.

The event will be held in Dallas, Texas, and the three boys have won an all-expenses paid trip, on Aug. 10.

“We are extremely proud of Phillip, Nash and Trevor. Their accomplishments this year earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications have been stellar,” said IT instructor Todd Goodman.

“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.”

It is unprecedented in Canada for three champions to come from the same school, and they also beat college and university students.

Westview has upgraded its technical offerings to students in recent years, based on research that shows technology skills will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 per cent of job growth by 2020.