Microsoft Office ace from HK looks to complete ‘triple crown’ of productivity suite championships

Ken Yip of Buddhist Sin Tak College won the top prizes in the PowerPoint and Excel categories in previous years

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Ken Yip is already a champion in the Excel and PowerPoint categories.

Students from Hong Kong will head to the US this month to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe Creative Cloud (MOS/ACA) World Champions on July 26.

The competition, open to students aged 13-22, tests entrants’ skills in three Microsoft Office programmes: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and three Adobe applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Last year, more than 760,000 students from 116 countries entered the contest, which comes with a US$7,000 cash prize in each of the six categories.

Among this year’s competitors is Ken Yip Pak-ming, 18, from Buddhist Sin Tak College. It is the third time he has taken part in the contest, after having previously won the PowerPoint and Excel categories. This year he is hoping to win the Word championships, making him a “triple crown” champion.

Despite his previous wins, Ken told Young Post he is “not very confident” about his chances this time, as the expectations on him are now higher than ever. He also didn’t perform as well as he would’ve liked at the Hong Kong regional contest, held on May 15.

“This year, I wasn’t first place in Hong Kong because I was slower; that is worrying me,” he said.

“Now that it’s my third time going, it means there’s even more pressure,” he added.

Following his PowerPoint victory, this HK student won again at the Microsoft Office World Championship, this time at Excel

Two other students from Buddhist Sin Tak College, Leung Pocco and Chan Wing-lam, will also represent Hong Kong at the contest, which will take place in New York in the US. The school has been very supportive, said Ken.

“Our school has already bought some books for me to study, and I have been practising on my computer to prepare.”

Ken said he plans to relax for a few days before the competition, to get into a healthy mindset. He’s also excited to travel overseas for the competition.

“It will be my first time going to New York. I hope I can see the sights,” he said.