No­body beats the wiz.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Content - - MATT HRODEY

THERE ARE NO PA­RADES OR PEP RAL­LIES for be­com­ing Wis­con­sin’s cham­pion in Mi­crosoft Word, as Lo­gan Mumper found out. The some­what re­served but blaz­ingly in­tel­li­gent sopho­more at Hamil­ton High School only told a cou­ple of friends about his big win, and they told him he was des­tined to be­come the next Bill Gates. And he might be. Mumper, who nearly snagged the crowns for Ex­cel and Pow­erPoint as well, plans to be­come an en­gi­neer (which kind he hasn’t de­cided), and Sil­i­con Val­ley can al­ways use more of those.

Mumper got this far by re­ceiv­ing a per­fect score on a Word skills test nor­mally given to adults, part of a new Mi­crosoft pro­gram to in­cul­cate stu­dents in its Of­fice suite of pro­grams at a young age. He’ll rep­re­sent us all at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in At­lanta in June, and maybe even at an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment to fol­low. Asked about the most dif­fi­cult ques­tion on the exam, he re-en­acted the process for turn­ing on cer­tain “non-print­able char­ac­ters” in Word but not oth­ers by flip­ping through lay­ers of menus, click­ing on boxes, fur­row­ing his brow and test­ing the re­sults. As the other kids talked amongst them­selves and laughed, he worked with a quiet in­ten­sity. Later, he demon­strated an an­i­mated Mario fig­ure he’d made us­ing only Word macros.

Is there any­thing he doesn’t yet know about Mi­crosoft’s word pro­ces­sor? He re­flected for a mo­ment. “I’m not sure,” he said. “I haven’t fig­ured that out yet.”

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