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.
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