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.
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….