Silence reigns supreme while students sit side-by-side in front of their desktops waiting impatiently to start the challenge that would bring them press coverage, medals and untold glory in the world of keyboard macros.
The students are finally at the annual world championship of Microsoft Office.
Students from schools all over Pakistan are trained, grilled and prepped for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification test with the top 118 selected for the national championship which was held in Islamabad earlier in June. Here, the students were tested on their mastery of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel using both the 2010 and 2013 versions of the program. The top six went on to make the Pakistan team, and competed at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando, Florida between the 7th and the 10th of August, 2016.
Shahzaib Ishaq and Waqas Ali both brought home bronze medals and cash prizes of US $1000 and $1500 while three other students were placed amongst the top 10 in the competitive world of Microsoft olympics. The other three participants were Muhammad Sulaiman Javed, Leroy Gonsalves and Muhammad Umer.
Clad in green and white shalwar kameez at the championship, Shahzaib Ishaq said, “I read three or four books on Microsoft Word and used two different software programs to train for the championship.”
Waqas Ali, a student from the Ghotki district, also won a bronze medal last year for his expertise in PowerPoint 2013 at the world championship held in Dallas, Texas.