The finalists were announced in a “packed room at Microsoft’s Washington, D.C., offices Sunday afternoon, each jumping up with shouts of joy. Shortly beforehand the students found out the guest speakers at Monday’s ceremony will be film director James Cameron, famous for “Avatar,” “Titanic”, U.S. Department of Education’s Karen Cator, Microsoft’s Craig Mundie, and Anthony Salcito. The final competition and speeches will be held at the Newseum, a museum of journalism that is expected to be packed with 500 people watching as the students showcase their projects. One of the four finalists in the software design category will be crowned the grand prize winner and prepare to represent the U.S. in the worldwide competition in July,” writes Microsoft.
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