MCHS sophomore Isabella Vittitow wasn’t expecting a trip to Orlando to result from her certification test in her Microsoft Office class at Marion County High School, but that’s exactly what happened.
After scoring a perfect score of 1,000 on the Microsoft Office Specialist MOS Word 2013 exam last semester, Vittitow was named Kentucky’s Champion and was invited to travel to Orlando on June 17-19 to receive her award and compete in a national competition.
“I’m pretty excited. It was a shocker,” Vittitow said.
The announcement was especially surprising for Vittitow because while taking the exam as a part of her class she wasn’t aware that she was also part of the state-wide competition.
Vittitow found out about winning when her teacher, Tara Wade, emailed her mother with the good news.
“I told my mom, ‘Wow, I didn’t know I was competing -- I just took the test,’” Vittitow said with a laugh.
“I’m so ecstatic for Isabella,” Wade said. “This class is very challenging and requires a lot of initiative from the student because it’s self-paced. Isabella comes to class daily ready to hit the ground running and her hard work has undoubtedly paid off.”
The exam asked student to complete a project using Microsoft Word following specific guidelines. Although Wade has had students receive perfect scores in the past, this is the first time one has qualified for the national competition. Wade suspects that it was Vittitow’s speed in finishing the exam that put her over the top.
Vittitow estimated that she had completed 13 different projects in class to prepare for the exam.
At the event in Orlando, Vittitow will once again compete, this time with a chance to advance to represent the United States at the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in New York City.
This will be the second time Vittitow has traveled to Orlando as part of a school-related function; she went to Orlando as a part of the Beta club her 8th grade year.
“I think it will be a really good experience,” she said.