Marko Čalasan

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Marko Ćalasan (Macedonian: Марко Чаласан; Serbian: Марко Ћаласан) (born 24 July 2000) is a Macedonian computer systems prodigy. He is noted for being the youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator at the age of eight and the youngest certified computer systems engineer at the age of nine.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Marko Ćalasan was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He first made headlines in the United States in May 2010 when CNN’s i-List did a story on him. He is from the city of Skopje, Macedonia.[1] Marko currently holds 12 Microsoft certificates and 1 Cisco certificate: MCP, MCDST, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP: Server Administrator, MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, CCENT...

[3] He received his first certificate at the age of 6. He is the youngest person to ever receive the MCSA certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator which he received at the age of eight.[2] Beating the record set by M Lavinashree, who received her MCSA certificate at the age nine; and Micah Berkley, who received his at age 13.

Marko then went on to studying for the MCSE exam and was also the youngest person to receive the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certificate as well. He teaches computer basics to children eight to eleven in his former elementary school. In addition to being skilled with computers Marko is fluent in three languages and is working on his fourth.[1] The Macedonian government has reached out to help give Marko some assistance in furthering his potential. Nikola Gruevski, the former prime minister of Macedonia gave him an IT lab to help him further his learning.

He wrote a book for the pre-installation, installation and post-installation process of Windows 7. The book consists of 305 pages. The Ministry of Education in Macedonia has bought the rights for the book and now it will give it to the schools for free.

He has Montenegrin Serb roots.[4]

Early childhood[edit]

Marko displayed excellent cognitive abilities at a very early age and was able to read and write by the age of two.[2] At the age of seven, Professor Elena Achkovska-Leshkovska from the Institute of Psychology tested Marko. Her findings showed that his brain operated much higher than other children his age. She also found that he had very high emotional and social cognitive abilities, which is something not usually found in gifted kids such as Marko.[1]

Family[edit]

His mother Radica ćalasan and father Milan Ćalasan run a computer school for children. They also plan to write a book on how to teach young children about computers. This will all be based on Marko’s progress in computers as a child.[5]

Microsoft and Cisco certificates[edit]

  • MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCDST- Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
  • MCSA – Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Server 2003
  • MCTS - Windows 7, Configuring - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Server 2008 Active Directory
  • MCS Associate Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP - Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP - Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCTS - Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • MCTS - Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure Configuration
  • MCTS - Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
  • MCTS - Technology Specialist Windows7 Configuration
  • CCENT - Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician
  • ССП - Microsoft Bakery High School[clarification needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Coren, Anna (May 17, 2010). "The 9-year-old Microsoft genius". Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Pancevski, Bojan (January 16, 2009). "Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world's youngest IT whizz". Retrieved 20 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Dubie, Denise. "NetworkWorld". 9-year-old plots his fifth Microsoft certification. Retrieved 21 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ (in Serbian) Devetogodišnji Marko Ćalasan najmlađi je inženjer kompanije "Microsoft". Iako osnovac, položio je sve testove kojima ta kompanija testira stručnjake širom svijeta. Tako je dječak porijeklom iz Crne Gore koji živi u Makedoniji sada dobio dozvolu da održava najkomplikovanije kompjuterske sisteme pa čak i one državne. U ministarstvu za informaciono društvo, ali i na ekonomskom fakultetu u Podgorici „PC MOCART", kako su ga prozvali mediji, demonstrirao je svoje vještine. / [1]
  5. ^ Casule, Kole (Feb 4, 2010). "Computer whiz kid becomes Balkan celebrity at age 9". Reuters. Retrieved 20 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)