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A different TYPE of competition

Any employer looking for a typist would love to have Maya Cordero on the payroll, but they may have to wait a few years. 

Maya, a Warren County Middle School seventh-grader, was the overall winner of the school’s Keyboarding Olympics at an average speed of 108 words per minute with 95% accuracy. Her name will be added to a plaque under inaugural winner Kade Christian.

An average typing speed is around 40 words per minute, while a competitive speed is 120 wpm and over.

“It was pretty tough competition,” said Cordero, 14. “I was nervous. My hands were sweating. I mess up when I think people are watching me so I was scared about that. I didn’t think I would win. It was my first time. When they called my name on the announcement, I was shocked. The people in my homeroom were clapping.”

Cordero says she’s been typing for years and is a gamer, which she does in her spare time after school when homework is complete.

Keyboarding Olympics is an average of a one-minute timing and a three-minute timing. Cordero typed 115 words in one minute with 96% accuracy and 101 wpm with 95% accuracy. 

“It wasn’t just about the fastest score,” said Susan Barrett, computer teacher. “You also have to be accurate. Accuracy is important. We took that into consideration when looking at some of the scores. Some of the other participants may have typed faster, but their accuracy wasn’t as good as we needed. The threshold is 95%. That’s where you need to be.”

Prizes were awarded to all grade-level winners:

Sixth grade: first place Braylon Power, average of 64 wpm at 95% accuracy; second place Parker Griffith, average 60 wpm at 97% accuracy; third place Annelise Gribble, average 57 wpm at 95% accuracy.

Seventh grade: first place Cordero; second place Ashlynn Graves, average 85 wpm at 95% accuracy; third place Amberley Soto, average 82 wpm at 96% accuracy.

Eighth grade: first place Cloe Ferrell, average 53 wpm at 96% accuracy; second place Elijah Johnson, average 48 wpm at 96% accuracy; Alea Martin, average 47 wpm at 99% accuracy. 

“The one thing I’ve noticed about Maya is that she never looks down,” said Barrett. “We had a pretty good idea she might take this win, but you just never know.”

The contest is conducted by Barrett, and STEM teachers Stephanie Hobbs and Sarah Lokey, who introduced the idea of holding a keyboarding competition among students.