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British Student Excels At Spreadsheet Championship

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Microsoft Excel World Championship

For most people, creating and managing Excel spreadsheets doesn’t fill them with excitement. Yet for one British teenager, her Excel skills have bagged her $5,000.

Rebecca Rickwood, a 15-year-old student from Cambridge, beat off competition from 228,000 people from 57 countries around the world to take the title at the Microsoft Excel World Championship.

Rebecca first entered the competition online and competed in regional heats initially where she scored 1000 out of 1000 before going onto the final where she beat 78 competitors with another perfect score of 100 out of 100.

"I heard my name read out in first place and I just couldn't believe it. I'm ecstatic, I just can't believe I won and now I'm world champion. It's a day I'll never forget," Rebecca told the BBC.

Microsoft Excel World Championship

Of course Rebecca’s win was no fluke. She attends Sawtry Community College, a specialist maths and computing secondary school in Cambridgeshire. There, she has a specialist Microsoft instructor and it was during lunchtime and after school when Rebecca honed those spreadsheet talents.

We’re off now to dust off those Excel handbooks and start practising for the next competition….

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August 5, 2011, 7:39 pm

Surely there's a danger of RSI beating off that many competitors?

WAgile Guru

August 5, 2011, 8:09 pm

I was one of the 228,000 that she beat off, I hope that the screenshot at the top of this article wasn't her winning entry!


August 7, 2011, 3:04 am

Wow!!, $5000. Microsoft don't skimp on prize's do they. She wins a few more, you never know she might be able to efford a deposit on a house.

btw. TR's website seems totally broken on Chrome here.

Hamish Campbell

August 7, 2011, 11:16 am

How the hell did that comment get past moderation?


August 7, 2011, 11:05 pm

@haim: How the hell did that comment get past moderation?

Eh!!, have I missed something?

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