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Cox Student Ranks 3rd in State for Microsoft Office Championship Qualifier

Megan WaldronDuring spring 2021, Megan Waldron enrolled in ITOM 2308 (Information Systems Management). She was one of 155 students tasked to complete the Excel Associate and Excel Expert certifications.

Before the exam, Megan registered to enter her exam score as part of the Texas state qualifier for the Microsoft Office U.S National Championship. To her surprise, Megan made a perfect score completing the 50-minute exam in just 31 minutes and ranked 3rd in Texas for her time and score.

When asked about the accomplishment, she stated, “Professor Gwinn prepares his students very well and is always available to help us. My score is reflective of his talents and the effort he puts in as a professor. I am a double major in Accounting and Spanish and had an internship with KPMG this spring. Working in an accounting firm, I will be using Excel quite frequently, so having these certifications will be extremely beneficial for me in my career.

The Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a national competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Students invited to represent their states compete for scholarship dollars.

Megan is the first student at SMU to qualify for state since the program kicked off in 2017.

Visit Certiport’s website for additional details about their U.S. and World Championships. For more information about Microsoft Certifications in your classroom, please contact Laurene Klassen at 214-768-1316.

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Laurene Klassen

Laurene Klassen grew up in New England but came to Texas as fast as she could. SMU was one of the first spots she visited in Dallas. Laurene is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Assistant Director of SMU’s IT Training & Communications Team. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with her family.