As part of our goal to support ICT education in the UK, Microsoft runs a worldwide competition on Microsoft Office in partnership with Prodigy Learning in the UK. The annual contest attracts over 228,000 of the brightest students from 57 countries.
Last year 15-year-old schoolgirl Rebecca Rickwood from the UK saw off competition from around the world to be named the world champion in Microsoft Excel.
Rebecca is a student at Sawtry Community College, a specialist IT Academy in Cambridgeshire, and is beginning study for her GCSEs. She scored an amazing 100% at the finals and won a $5,000 cash prize, in addition to the prestigious title of World Champion in Microsoft Excel.
She comments, ‘When I was waiting to hear the result I was really nervous. I heard my name read out 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 qualified for the world finals after she achieved the top nationwide score in the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel certification exam. Since then Rebecca has continued to hone her skills, supported by Pam Kitchen, her instructor at Sawtry Community College, who says, ‘I’m absolutely delighted for Rebecca. ICT is a massive part of what we do here but Rebecca astounded me when she took the exam and achieved 100% first time around.’
Kevin Ryan, Marketing Manager at Prodigy Learning which is responsible for the competition in the UK, adds, ‘The world competition is another level; it’s highly competitive and notoriously difficult to win. Rebecca really has done her country proud and her ability is a testament to the quality of the Microsoft courses being offered by her school and others across the UK.’
To find out about Microsoft’s work in schools supporting teachers and students visit www.microsoft.com/uk/education