UK's 15-year-old World Excel champion offered £100k job

UK's 15-year-old World Excel champion offered £100k job

Summary: Rebecca Rickwood, a 15-year-old pupil at Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire has been offered a £100,000 job at Course Academy, "after she finishes school, of course!" The promised job is based on her becoming World Champion in Microsoft Excel 2007 at a competition run by Certiport in San Diego, California.

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Rebecca Rickwood, a 15-year-old pupil at Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire has been offered a £100,000 job at Course Academy, "after she finishes school, of course!" The promised job is based on her becoming World Champion in Microsoft Excel 2007 at a competition run by Certiport in San Diego, California. She was entered into the finals after getting 100% -- the top score in the UK -- in the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel certification exam, which was run by Prodigy Learning. In all, the five categories attracted more than 228,000 entries from 57 countries.

Nick Ferro, a director of the Bath-based training company Course Academy, said: "We have trainers who have been teaching Microsoft Excel since 1995 who would struggle to match her score, so naturally we feel [she] would be a great addition to our team."

Rebecca's victory was reported at PeterboroughToday.co.uk, The Metro and other newspapers, and BBC News.

Rebecca won $5,000, and said in a YouTube interview (below) that she intended to buy herself a new flute.

Winners in the 2011 Microsoft Office Competition Rebecca Rickwood (in green) with other winners in the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office

The other four World Champions were Liao Yu-Xuan, from Taiwan (PowerPoint 2007), Mizuki Terao, from Japan (Word 2007), Chen Xing of China (Excel 2010), and Clement Ng Chwin Chiat from Malaysia (Word 2010). This was the first time PowerPoint had been included in the competition, and the top three places were won by female students.

Next year's Microsoft Office world championship will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ienEA6SP7Go Rebecca Rickwood Interview

The full-sized photo of the winners is available on Flickr.

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  • The phrase "Get a Life" springs to mind.
    AndyPagin-3879e
  • @AndyPagin if you aren't stupid, you would see she has a life, she's 15 and is already 228000 candidates, she is being offered a £100,000 job which, i'd define as pretty good going
    ANONYMOUStalker
  • @ANONYMOUStalker

    Andy describes himself as a "A Linux advocate and a Windows victim". You can't expect him to rise above that sort of character-crippling narrow-mindedness even for a delightful and successful 15-year-old girl.

    Ironically, someone who actually had a life might well be more sensitive to other people ;-)
    Jack Schofield
  • I would like a job for me and do good to their tackiness vellent my help I will do my best to help you mercie for all
    Atangana-0af17