BY LINDA BALLGustavo Bobbio Jr., 14, is no ordinary high school freshman. His father, Gustavo Bobbio Sr., works at Microsoft as an operations engineer, and has been with the company 10 years. Gustavo Jr. aspires to ben software engineer and work at Microsoft someday, too. Gustavo Sr., a veteran on the Microsoft Windows team, admits that he enjoys taking Microsoft credentialing exams, even though they are not required for his job. Rather, he just enjoys the challenge. Gustavo Jr. wanted to not only challenge himself, but his dad, too. So while other kids may have spent their summer letting their brains turn to mush, the youngster set out to see how many Microsoft credentials he could earn. To date, Gustavo Jr. has nine certifications: Word 2007, Excel2007, Power Point 2007, Access 2007, Word 2010, Excel2010, Power Point 2010, Access 2010 and Microsoft Office specialist master 2007. He is now preparing for 2010 Specialist master. “They change features between the versions,” Gustavo Jr. said. Gustavo Sr has all of the same certifications, but the two enjoy the competition on scores. Gustavo Jr. scored higher than his dad on 2007 Excel and Power Point, and 2010 Excel and Word. "It was kind of a goal and a challenge to my dad," Gustavo Jr. said. "It seems really easy to me." His friends think what he's doing is cool, and he still hangs out and plays video games with them. Speaking of which, without my formal training he is able to create his own video games. "He's a fast learner,” his dad said. Gustavo Jr. credits Bettina Gehle, his tech teamer at Pacific Cascade Middle School, for inspiring him and following his progress. "l learned a lot in that class," he said. At TSS Redmond, where the tests are administered, he took the skills he learned from studying Access and built a database for his X- Box games, said Lynn Landry with TSS. She said now he doesn't have to do "manual work" in solving problems because he knows how to use formulas in Excel and Access. For each of his accomplishments, his reward at home is a new game for his X-Box The Bobbio family moved to Issaquah three years ago from Puerto Rico, but they are originally from Peru. One of Gustavo's older sisters, the only one of his three siblings interested in the field of technology, is currently taking Cisco programming, and plans to major in network administration and computer sciences at the University of Washington. As a freshman at Issaquah High School, Gustavo Jr. will be taking engineering robotics, Japanese and geometry in addition to his required courses.
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