Fifteenyearold UK student is now the Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion

first_imgSome kids dream of being a gold-medal-winning Olympic athlete, some dream of winning a Grammy, and then there are some who dream of winning the Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office. Fifteen-year-old UK student Rebecca Rickwood can hold her head high as she’s now the World Champion of Microsoft Excel 2007.Rickwood competed against 228,000 other students from 57 countries. The Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To get an invite to the World Championships, students must achieve the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking time. Once students get to the big league, each student competes for the World Champion in his or her category, which includes Word 2007, Word 2010, Excel 2007, and Excel 2010, as well as PowerPoint 2007.Though just 15 years old, Rickwood is a student at Sawtry Community College, a college that specializes in math and computing and runs extracurricular classes for students to learn Microsoft software. Rickwood’s teacher, Pam Kitchen, told the BBC that her student received a perfect score during her initial test and got 100 percent in the World Championship, too.Anyone’s allowed to participate in the initial round of testing, but if you want to go to the World Championships, you have to be a student enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution. Students also have to be between the ages of 13 to 22.Rickwood, the new Excel prodigy, perfected her Excel skills by studying at lunchtime and at night at school. And her extracurricular studying paid off. Not only is she a world champion, but she also get a $5,000 scholarship.This young Excel wiz is just another reason why being a geek is so awesome.via BBC. Image via Certiport’s Flickrlast_img