Gregory (Trey) Thompson, a senior at Model High School, became the first student at Model High to achieve the status of “Master” of Microsoft Office 2010 Specialist last year. This year, Thompson has taken his computer skill to an elite level for a high school student. He has completed the Business and Technology Pathway on his way to becoming the only high school student in the state of Georgia to earn “Master” level Office Specialist certificates in both Office 2010 and Office 2013.
Thompson's accomplishments are even more remarkable in that he is considered “legally blind.” His vision is severely impaired by the genetic disorder Bilateral Pale Optic Nerve Atrophy. Thompson’s success in Microsoft certification has sparked a career interest. “Gaining these certifications has boosted my confidence and increased my interest in the IT field,” Thompson said. “Maybe I could even work for Microsoft Corporation someday.”
Less than one percent of all Microsoft Office Specialist certificate holders worldwide reach “Master” level certification. A high school student achieving “Master” status is very rare. “The odds of a student realizing the goal twice, across multiple platforms, within the environment that Trey must work, is the equivalent of picking a perfect NCAA basketball bracket two years in a row,” stated William Hosmer, Trey's business teacher at Model High. Hosmer added, "Trey stands out among the half dozen other students at Model who have earned “Master” certificates as this year’s Microsoft IT Academy Student of the Year."