ASHVILLE — A Teays Valley senior will be going to Orlando Florida to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.
Brysen Meyer, a senior at Teays Valley High School, finished first in Ohio for the Microsoft PowerPoint competition and second in Microsoft Word. Meyer is in the TVHS Computer Science Pathway in which students learn skills in information technology and Microsoft applications.
Meyer said he was surprised that he had the highest score in the Ohio competition.
“I studied pretty hard for both tests, but I didn’t expect to do as good as I did, nor did I feel that I had accomplished anything that impressive after the tests,” he said. “The exams that I had taken felt like any other test and I didn’t think that they would be as impactful as they were, especially on the state or national level.”
Meyer is to go to the national competition, which is being held Aug. 1 through Aug. 4, and hasn’t been to Florida before.
“It’ll probably be a pretty fun trip,” he said. “Regardless of how I do in the competition, I’m sure it’ll be a great experience.”
The top three places at the world championship receive a cash price and medal of achievement. First place is $7,000 and includes other prizes provided by Microsoft.
Meyer shared the differences between Microsoft programming and Google, which Teays Valley primarily uses.
“Microsoft applications tend to be more complex and give the users more options regarding customization and processes,” he said. “This complexity comes with a much more steep learning curve, but those proficient with these applications will be able to make very creative, advanced and useful word documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. While Google applications are simpler, they are easier to start using and understand than Microsoft applications.”
Meyer said the commonality of Microsoft is what led to his interest in the course.
“Microsoft applications are utilized commonly in both the workforce and college, so I thought that this course would be great to hone those skills and ensure I’m ready for the future,” he said. “The certificates offered also look good on resumes.”
Meyer recommended that students learn Microsoft programming before leaving school.
“It is definitely a great skill to have. Every college that I’ve ever taken courses from has required applications such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for essays and presentations, respectively,” he said. “Microsoft applications are also heavily utilized in the workforce. I highly recommend students to take these courses or even test these programs on their own time to adapt easier after high school.”