Had an absolutely awesome trip to Washington, DC with my two Microsoft Office Specialist Champions who represented South Africa for Word 2010 [Shaun Nothard], and for PowerPoint 2010 [Tshimologo Molefe].
Shaun and Tshimo were chosen out of 8 Semi-Finalists [all eight from Elkanah House and the only Semi-Finalists in South Africa]. Both were sponsored a trip to Washington, DC to compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championship for the World Title. Jenny Cole, CEO of Netlearn Update cc sponsored the event and I got to go as the trainer and chaperone.
After a huge amount of preparation in the weeks leading up to our trip, we left SA on the 29th July.
We met our sponsor, Jenny Cole, at OR Tambo as she flew in from Durban. After a two hour wait the four of us boarded the flight to Washington, DC. Eighteen hours later we arrived in Washington at 06h35 on the 30th July.
Transport was arranged from Dulles Airport to the Gaylord National Resort in a black “pimp my ride” style SUV with a chauffeur. The hotel was so huge, beautiful and very posh. The boys shared a room and Jenny Cole and I the other. The afternoon was spent literally touring around the hotel as it was so huge! Walked down to the waterfront area and found the American shop where some shopping occurred! Had the most amazing doughnut I have ever tasted!
That evening we were treated to supper on the waterfront after which we collapsed into slumber land. On the Wednesday morning the boys and I could not wait to get down to the 4 course breakfast! OMW – to explain just would not suffice…see pics!
Visit NetLearn Update cc – http://www.netlearn.co.za – to find out more information about the business as well as the News Flash on the MOS Competition. If you are interested in Microsoft Office Courseware, then visit this page to see my published courseware.
A newspaper article was written on the event [published in the Northglen News] and about NetLearn Update cc [click to view image]
To tell you a little about the MOS 2013 event…
Certiport (http://www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, is the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. Certiport hosted the event at the hotel. From the moment we met the staff we felt such a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic vibe. Everything was professional and organized so impeccably. They surrounded us with an awesome experience of competition, and incorporated history throughout our stay.
The theme for the entire event was “Making History”.
Participants “Making History” included:
- 129 students from 40 countries
- 102 Certiport partners from 38 countries
- 72 chaperones and
- 10 event ambassadors speaking: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese,
Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese
The MOS Competition registration took place on Wednesday 1 August. Students collected their Certiport MOS backpacks and a few other goodies.
On Thursday morning the candidates congregated in the student lounge to view their exam slots for each version of Office as well as for the Adobe Competition. Throughout the day, testing took place at the various conference venues. This portion of our experience was certainly extremely beneficial to us in order to plan for the coming years. The buzz, excitement and camaraderie outside the test venues were an involvement on its own worth travelling for.
We learnt so much from other candidates and trainers on the trip. Our children did wonderfully considering the time frame in which we had to prepare against other countries who have been in the know how for many years. We represented South Africa – AND were the ONLY candidates from South Africa to compete at the MOS 2013 Competition! The experience is a win in itself! Congratulations to my two students, Shaun Nothard and Tshimologo Molefe.
As a teacher and trainer I have benefited from a wealth of knowledge from other candidates and chaperons as well as from my two students [which could never happen in a classroom once a week!] We also learnt that we need to start working the moment we land for the 2014 competition and are very eager to explore and enter for the Adobe Competition.
Address from MICROSOFT
The address from Microsoft at the Awards Ceremony to the children was outstanding. Please take a listen below:
Exploring Washington DC
Candidates were all bused to the mall around 09h00 am on Friday morning, after breakfast. All candidates and chaperons congregated for a group photo on the lawn before the Washington Mall group treasure hunt. Mall maps were handed out, a $25 gift card for lunch or souvenirs as well as a MOS Championship T-shirt for everyone. The meeting point was at 19h00 at the Air and Space Museum.
Certiport booked out the entire Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for exploration and dinner on the Friday evening. To end off the evening, we were treated to an IMAX movie. That afternoon, we spent 10 hours walking the Washington Mall!
Video footage was taken of our two superstars! It was an honour for our two champions to be include in the 2014 Video Announcement for the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition! Check out our Elkanah House superstars in the promotional video for the MOS Worldwide Competition 2014 in Disneyland! Cannot wait for next year having the privilege of experiences under our belt!
2013 Awards Ceremony for MOS
See our two SA Champions go up for their awards announcing proudly South African!
Please take a moment to view our presentations on the”Outs and Abouts of Washington, DC”
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Thank you wholeheartedly, to the following people, for enriching my life so dramatically:
- Jenny Cole from Netlearn Update cc, as a roomie, sponsor and for affording me this opportunity to grow.
- Jan Day from Certiport for encouraging my students and valuing my input,
and last but not least,
- My two brilliant students, Shaun and Tshimologo, who gave me a very exciting time and put up with the “frog” [only you will know what I mean J]!
- Also, to my eight Semi-Finalists, Bianca Londt, Joshua Raad, Resego Tabane, Emma King, Daniel Holland, and Tao Prejawa [your achievement does not go unnoticed and is a huge achievement]
- And a VERY special mention to Mr Joe Banda from the Department of Home Affairs for going above and beyond the call of duty to get ID and Passport documents in order for visa appointments in a very short space of time. I will never forget your personal touch and for understanding our predicament.
If you have read this post and wish to know more about the MOS competition / ADOBE Competition and what it entails, please contact me via blog comment or twitter.
Till next time