Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 09:16 GMT on Monday, 6th August 2012.
Cumbernauld College students prove to be whizz-kids at national computer competition

THREE Cumbernauld College students have found themselves at the centre of praise after proving themselves to be the ultimate computer whizz-kids.

Lisa Johnstone, Lee Scolin and Calum Henderson came back to Cumbernauld College with their heads held high after winning coveted places in the national final of a prestigious industry contest.

The budding computing experts battled their way through the regional heat of the Worldskills UK Microsoft Network Administrator competition held last month at Cumbernauld College.

In the regional heat Cumbernauld College students competed against those from colleges around Scotland, winning four of the nine awards on offer; scooping three awards in the Microsoft Network Administrator category, with Technical Support student Lee picking up bronze and BSc Computer Networking students Calum and Lisa picking up silver and gold respectively.

The three students were also amongst the top eight scorers across all the UK heats and will now go forward to the national final which will take place from November 14th to 17th 2012 at the Birmingham NEC.

Student, Lisa said: “"It was great to come first in the heat against very talented people; I'm really excited and looking forward to competing in the finals in Birmingham in November."

HNC Computing student Douglas Bauld also picked up bronze in the Microsoft IT Technician category.

Computing lecturer Charlie Johnstone said: “The competition was a fantastic success with our students picking up four of the nine awards. We only entered six candidates so this is an incredible result.

“It’s a tough competition and our students all worked extremely hard and deserve their success.”

Andy Hall, National Competitions Manager for Worldskills UK said: “The staff at Cumbernauld College have obviously done an excellent job tutoring their students.

“To get three individuals through to the final is an almost unprecedented achievement. These competitions test not only the students but the organisations they come from and I would say that this shows they are doing a lot right.”