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Microsoft Excel World Champion Is Teen From Cambridgeshire

A 15-year-old from Cambridgeshire was named the World Champion user of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software following her victory in a global championship.

Rebecca Rickwood, the proud champion in the Excel 2007 category, came top out of approximately 228,000 contestants from all around the world.

The 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office held this week in San Diego, saw 79 finalists giving their best shot for the 5 coveted “champion” titles.

Contestants had to create documents to given specifications and guidelines having access to appropriate data files, within a certain time limit; Rebecca managed to complete the task without making a single error.

Miss Rickwood, who was overwhelmed by her success, said "it’s amazing. I didn’t think I’d win it,” the Telegraph reports. She also received a prize of $5,000, and intends to buy a new flute with part of her winnings.

“First we had to take a qualifying exam which I took back in about October. Then at the end of June we got the phone call saying I’d got the best score in the UK so I was coming to San Diego for the world championships,” she added.

Rebecca is currently a GCSE student at the Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire, the same school where her mother works as a Microsoft trainer. She also happens to be the only winner in the competition from outside Asia.