My Journey to the World Championship in PowerPoint


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This SlideShare takes you through my journey on the way to becoming a World Champ in PowerPoint 2007.

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My Journey to the World Championship in PowerPoint

  1. The Story of Tyler Millis
  2. Leading up to this year’s world competition
  3.  Freshman year at Dunbar High School, the first Microsoft certified school in the world.  I was in the technology program, earning certifications.
  4.  When I took the PowerPoint 2010 certification test, I got a perfect score, 1000. My proctor told me about the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, which tests students on their exceptional knowledge of a certain Office program.
  5.  A month or so later, I also took the Excel 2010 test, receiving a 975, a near-perfect score.  My proctor recommended going for Excel 2010 instead of PowerPoint 2010, since it was a more challenging program.
  6.  For months, I trained in Excel 2010, learning the program and making sure I could do the certification test perfectly.  Come May of 2013, I learned that I qualified for the national competition and if I won that, I would proceed to the worldwide competition.
  7.  Certiport flew all the participants to Park City, Utah for the competition.  The competition consisted of the certification test and an interview.  I messed up on the certification test and did alright during my interview.  During the award ceremony, I found out I didn’t place.
  8. Back to prove myself
  9.  My sophomore year, I was determined to return to the competition.  This year, I would be focusing on PowerPoint 2007.  I trained even harder, making sure I knew ALL the ins and outs of the program and test.
  10.  Again, I qualified for the national competition.  This time it was in Atlanta, so we drove since we’re from Florida.  This year, I aced the certification test and felt very confident with my interview.  When awards rolled around, I was nervous, yet confident, but still wasn’t sure how I would place.  They started calling the winners for my category and..
  11. I won first place, advancing to the worldwide competition!
  12.  Leading up the Microsoft Office Specialist World Competition, Certiport assigned me a mentor to help me study.  Every day leading up to it, I had an assignment I had to work on.  I was also dealing with interviews, something I was new to.
  13.  The competition in Anaheim, California brought 126 competitors from 83 countries.  I met and became friends with not only Americans, but people from around the world.  The actual competition consisted of us creating a PowerPoint following their guidelines and adjusting it to look like pictures they provided within 50 minutes.  I felt pretty confident after the test, but used up all of my time.
  14.  During the award ceremony, nerves were rising as they gave everyone their certificate of participation.  My category came first and they immediately started calling off names.  3rd…  2nd…  My mom clutched my hand tight, my heart beating like crazy...  1st…
  15.  It took me a second to realize they even called my name, as I hear screams coming from all around me.  I go up on stage, happiest I’ve ever been, legs shaking, knowing I was the first person from the United States to ever win first in my category.
  16. The drive is even stronger
  17. My junior year of high school is starting up and I know I will be working on qualifying again this coming year, but for Word 2010.  I’ll be pushing myself and others to try for this because I know it can be done and my drive is stronger than ever.