Harlem Woman to Compete for Coveted Software World Championship Title

Microsoft Word U.S. champion Dominique Howard hopes to beat out more than 30 international finalists for the World title.

Microsoft Office hotshot Dominique Howard of Harlem, New York, intends to beat out more than 30 international finalists to win the top spot at the Microsoft Word World Championship this weekend.

“There’s no way that I can’t be excited,” Howard told New York Daily News. “They’re all good feelings. They’re overwhelming, but they’re good feelings.”

The 21-year old JPMorgan Chase receptionist uses Word and Excel regularly at work, but not in the way that most people do. In June, she became the U.S. Champion by impressing the judges with her ability to quickly and precisely reformat documents, track changes, encrypt and mail-merge in Microsoft Word 2007.

“A lot of people know the basics,” said Howard, who received a perfect score on a Microsoft Word certification test last summer. “There’s a secret developer tab that helps in design mode,” she added. “There’s macros, which is a whole bunch of fun.”

If Howard achieves first place, she’ll receive $5,000 prize along with “nerdy” bragging rights.

“I watch Star Trek, the animated series, to fall asleep just about every night,” she said. “I’m not embarrassed. It’s one more nerdy thing to tack on for me.”

BET National News - Keep up to date with breaking news stories from around the nation, including headlines from the hip hop and entertainment world. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

(Photo: Jamie Grill/Getty Images)

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.