July 29, 2011 5:43 AM
Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Editor's note: Congratulations to Brian Broom-Peltz, who placed seventh in the Microsoft Excel 2010 category at the worldwide competition.
Green Wave fans, get ready to cheer on Tulane student Brian Broom-Peltz, who’s competing for a world title Aug. 1–3 in San Diego. Broom-Peltz has been selected to represent the United States in the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition in the 2010 Excel category.
“This is the world championship,” Broom-Peltz says. “I am going for the gold.”
Broom-Peltz, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, will pit his lightning-fast reflexes and finely tuned keyboard muscles against contenders from more than 50 countries. They will be required to perform various formatting and function operations in a timed setting.
That Broom-Peltz represents the United States is a huge accomplishment, as more than 72,000 U.S. students competed to demonstrate their proficiency in utilizing various Microsoft applications leading up to the world championships.The top three winners in each category (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) will receive scholarship prizes.
Where did Broom-Peltz hone his mad Excel skills?
“My mom has always been queen of the spreadsheet, using it for everything from organizing events to keeping track of finances. Between watching her use Excel, taking a basic computer applications course in high school, and using it on a routine basis for my engineering courses, I’ve been able secure an ‘excellent’ foundation in Excel,” says Broom-Peltz.
He clinched his knowledge of the software in a summer intensive business course taught by Urmi Roy, professor of practice in the A. B. Freeman School of Business, and that led to the pursuit of greatness.
“I encourage all of my students to enter the Microsoft competition, and I was pleased to hear Brian was a finalist,” Roy says. “Microsoft Excel certification is extremely valuable for students going into any field. Many of my former students report that having proof of their skills helps them in finding internships and jobs faster in the highly competitive world of business.”
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