Friday, August 15, 2008

2008 National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Rankings

The 2008 National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships were held in Atlanta GA. We had 23 teams competing in 2008 ... highest chapter participation since the 2004 competition.

The tension during the 2 days of the competition centered around the team trained by BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter. This chapter won 2 of the past 3 national competitions and arrived in Atanta as the defending champions.

The talent and training of the Rochester MN team proved to be unstoppable ... BDPA Southern Minnesota earned and all-time record score of 1,038 points to win the 2008 National HSCC championship ... their 3rd championship in the past 4 years. In fact, the same five students (Yaa Kwansa, Ahmed Mahamad, Lauren Pemberton, Kunle Roberts and Adwait Walimbe) came back to win their second consecutive national HSCC championship under the direction of their coach (Zack Garbow) and chapter president (Nat Calvert).

BDPA Washington DC scored the best score in chapter history with 892 points to come in second place. BDPA Chicago scored 873 points to earn the bronze medal. The rest of BDPA-nation will need to step up their game in order to compete with Southern Minnesota, Washington DC and Chicago in the 2009 competition.

Here are the rankings for all 23 teams that competed in 2008 national HSCC championships with the scholarship winnings for each student in parenthesis:
  1. Southern Minnesota ($2,500 Bemley Scholarship for each student)
  2. Washington DC ($2,000 each)
  3. Chicago ($1,500 each)
  4. Northern Virginia ($1,000 each)
  5. Atlanta ($500 each)
  6. New York
  7. Cleveland
  8. Dayton
  9. Twin Cities
  10. Detroit
  11. New Jersey
  12. Cincinnati
  13. Los Angeles
  14. Hartford
  15. Richmond
  16. Charlotte
  17. Chattanooga
  18. Middle Tennessee
  19. St. Louis
  20. Greater Columbia
  21. Columbus
  22. Indianapolis
  23. Philadelphia
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