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Green Hope's 'Excel master' taking part in international contest

Posted July 28
Updated July 29

— Microsoft Excel generates plenty of frustration for the millions who use it to track data, but for Green Hope High School senior Daniel Hill, the software, and his mastery of it, has led to national recognition.

Hill's mastery of Excel 2010 earned him a win at a student national championship competition in June, and this week, he will be in California for an Excel competition against students from across the globe. 

The top prize for students competing in this week's events in Anaheim is $5,000. 

Hill said he's developed a unique strategy for trying to bring home a win. 

"I tricked myself into thinking I could definitely win (at nationals), and I'm trying to do that for the worlds," he said. "That's a little more difficult."

Marty Roettegen, Hill's teacher at Green Hope says he has nothing to worry about, and her past experience should give him some confidence. The last two national Excel champions came from her class. 

"I have challenged him, because my previous two finished third in the world," Roettgen said. "His job is to come in first."

Hill, who says he seriously took up Excel in 2013, said perseverance is the key to becoming an Excel master. 

"You have to have the determination and the persistence to deal with it even if it's not giving you what you want," he said.

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  • golorealist Jul 29, 12:16 p.m.

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity/recognition for this young man. Best of luck to him.
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    — Posted by babbs1028

    it's a competition where contestants go head to head to demonstrate their skills with microsoft excel. the competition has categories for microsoft word, excel and powerpoint (they should also have one for access, but they don't currently). having strong excel skills at his age will most definitely benefit him in pretty much whatever career he ends up going in to.

  • Reformed Liberal Jul 29, 12:12 p.m.

    Sounds like fun. Untill 5 years ago, I never touched a spreadsheet. Then I landed a job where it is all I do and had to teach myself the ins and outs. I have created sheets and templates to keep track of our inventory, automatically alert me when I am low, automatically tells me what needs to be shipped and so on. I am always tweaking them to make them better. Good luck to Daniel!

  • babbs1028 Jul 29, 11:33 a.m.

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity/recognition for this young man. Best of luck to him.
    I would like to know what this competition is...could someone please enlighten me (with a serious answer please)...
    For those of you making fun of this competition, please keep in mind this impressionable young man could be out breaking into your car....

  • krimson Jul 29, 11:02 a.m.

    "When I say who is the master, you say Sho-Nuff!"

  • golorealist Jul 29, 10:36 a.m.

    How does one become an excel master?

    — Posted by Maxxx

    you first have to gain a mastery of excel.

  • Maxxx Jul 29, 9:06 a.m.

    How does one become an excel master?