Auburn Mountainview senior aces Microsoft Office Specialist Word Expert exam | School briefs

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Christina Polyanko
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Christina Polyanko is an expert using a Microsoft program.

To date, she is the only high school student in the state of Washington to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 Word Expert part one and two exams, giving her industry certification at the expert level.

"The certifications in Office 2013 are project-based and require higher-level thinking skills," said Auburn Mountainview business teacher Patty Eckelman. "This is a great achievement for Christina."

Polyanko earned her Master Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Office 2010. She is now working on certifications in Office 2013. Her next test will be Excel Specialist and Expert of 2013.

During the last nine years, Auburn Mountainview has certified 26 Master Microsoft Office Specialists through the Microsoft Office Specialist courses, which provide students the opportunity to earn industry certifications.

To date, 629 staff and students have earned certifications in either Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Access.


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