SVTHS Student 4th in Country

August 19, 2018

BILLERICA -- A student from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School recently excelled at the Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Atlanta, Ga.

Jessica Stevens of Wilmington, a sophomore in the Business Technology program, earned a place in the top 10 at the national level, finishing fourth. She is the daughter of Michael and Janice Stevens.

At Shawsheen Tech, Business Technology students learn the skills needed to be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Power Point. In the process, students are provided with the opportunity to take assessments designed to test their knowledge and expertise in Microsoft Office products. These assessments are administered by a company in partnership with Microsoft to determine if an applicant can be officially certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist of the Microsoft Office Suite products.

Jessica prepared for, practiced and executed her test for Microsoft Office Word 2013. Once completed, she received a perfect score, qualifying her to be selected for this year’s U.S. National Championship.

With 800,000 qualifying exams received and about 350,000 chosen to qualify for the national championship, Jessica was selected as one of 147 other students from across the nation to compete in the three-day competition.

Finalists were given a printed copy of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to re-create, along with printed instructions and digital assets. They were then scored according to the efficiency and accuracy of the re-creation compared to the original.

Jessica’s fourth-place finish was the only placement for a Massachusetts student in any of the six competitions.