British Student Excels At Spreadsheet 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….