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Six Cavelero students earn top spots in statewide Microsoft Certification Program

Becoming certified by Microsoft is no small task. After learning a software program and practicing a myriad of techniques you have 50 minutes to complete an online examination. You must earn a score of at least 700 out of 1,000 points. Six ninth-graders from Karen Coulombe’s computer applications classes at Cavelero Mid High School not only earned certification, they blew away their state-level competitors with perfect scores and lightning fast times—most completed their exam in less than 5 minutes! 

Cavelero Mid High School Students
Top in Washington State

Microsoft Word 2013

  1. Oliver Bashour
  2. Jake Desherlia
  3. Peter Klein

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

  1. Luke Bixby
  2. Jonas McGee
  3. Sarah Hole

These students competed against other 13- to 22-year-olds throughout the State of Washington. This includes approximately 170 participating high schools and 40 colleges and universities. Bashour and Bixby earned invitations to the MOS U.S. National Championship this June in Atlanta, GA to represent Washington state. The other winners earned a special certificate, and are looking forward to competing in the Spring Qualifier, May 2018, in their specialty area and in Excel as they begin learning Excel in 2nd semester.

So far this school year students from Coulombe’s classes have earned 249 total certifications and passed 528 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams. Cavelero Mid High School is number one in the state for the number of certifications passed.

“My students are learning necessary skills for college and careers that will help them succeed in an increasingly digital economy,” said Coulombe. “These are ninth-graders earning adult-level certifications by demonstrating their skills in the latest technologies. This gives them a distinct edge as plan for their futures.”

In addition to earning industry-level certifications, students are also earning college credits for their work through tech prep.

Last year, Bailey Griffin, a current Lake Stevens High School student, aced the 50-minute statewide Excel certification in a whopping 3 minutes and 10 seconds, this was the number one time in the country for state level competitions. Griffin traveled to Florida last June,  where he represented Washington in competition against experts from across the country. 

Coulombe was recently selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) in recognition of her leadership and innovative learning with technology. She joins 356 MIEE educators across the country  to promote innovation in teaching and learning. In addition to teaching computer applications, Coulombe is also one of the advisors of the school’s award-winning robotics programs.

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MOS certification winners

State MOS Leaderboard