A WHIZZKID schoolgirl defeated the rest of the country to scoop a major award for her computing skills back in 2004.

Clever Alyson Kyle’s marks for her computing standard grade were so good she was placed in the top ten in Scotland after the national competition.

The Johnstone High School student said at the time after hearing the news: “I was shocked. I didn’t realise that I had done that well [in the competition]. 

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“I didn’t know that I had been entered into the competition and only found out when the letter came through the post.” 

The 16-year-old from Kilbarchan, who was studying for five highers at the time, won the Axios Star Award — given out by the computing industry to the highest achievers in computing standard grade across Scotland. 

She added: “My parents are really proud of me and all my schoolmates think I’m really brainy now. 

“But I had a really great teacher, John McGivern, who made sure I understood everything I needed to get through the course.” 

The award was sponsored by big names, including computing giants Microsoft, and the computing genius was joined by nine other brilliant students at a glittering award ceremony in Edinburgh later that week.

The talented teenager had big plans for the future.

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She said: “I have always wanted work with computers and I’m doing a higher in information systems. 

“After school I probably will study computing at university. Paisley University has a good course so I will look into that.”