Thursday, October 10, 2013

BDPA Southern Minnesota SITES Program (2013)

One of the most remarkable achievements in BDPA history comes from our BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter located in Rochester, MN. This chapter has one of the smallest population bases with the BDPA family, however, the chapter has managed to win seven of the past nine High School Computer Competition (HSCC) national championships. Only BDPA Chicago (2006) and BDPA Atlanta (2012) HSCC teams managed to spoil the winning streak by our Southern Minnesota chapter.

Part of the success formula for BDPA Southern Minnesota is the effort that they place in recruiting middle- and high-school students for their computer camp. The chapter's computer camp creates educational opportunities for a diverse range of students. Computer camp students pack the computer lab each Saturday between December and May. The teamwork and enthusiasm displayed by both students and a dozen corporate volunteers from Mayo Clinic and IBM is truly awe inspiring. Computer camp course topics include HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, My SQL and builds towards a goal of attaining high school credit to reward the students for their effort and education.

First Row: Ashwini Walimbe, Surinder Kaur, Bernard Bampoh, Gord Singh
Second Row: Jongy Calvert, Victoria Bampoh, Sam Johnson, Anushri Walimbe, Gurasis Singh
Third Row: Brian Brownlow, Lillian Shiraku, Nana Kyei-Baffour, Rhea Kohli, Herchran Singh, Prabjhot Singh
Fourth Row: Ohema Kyei-Baffour, Maurine Macharia, Phillip Johnson, Oreoluwa Odeyinka, Keerthi Manikonda
Fifth Row: Jacob Schoeneck, Quincy Bush, Tanvi Kohli
Sixth Row: Toni Adafin, Victor Chuol, Brandon Finch
Seventh Row: Marc Ficalora, Isaac Gullickson, Scott Swensen
Top Row: Kalisha Hoskins, Braedon Fremling, Austin Berg

Not pictured: Haran Arama, Oslyn Collins, Jevonte Hinds, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shannon Miller, Preethiya Sekar, Daniel Sheppard, Tristan Trejo, Ghanashayam Unnikrishman, Sandra Cabral, Nat Calvert, Kalyan Kattamuri, Jayasri Narra, Marshall Sheppard, Aparna Velamala

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