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BDPA Detroit Team Finishes in Top 10 in National Competition

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BDPA Detroit Team Finishes in Top 10 in National Competition


It wasn’t easy, but they did it — with skill, hard work and determination.

Left to right: Charles McIntosh Jr., Cameron Hughes and Austin Little work diligently on their project.


The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Detroit team built an application from scratch, finishing in the top 10 in the National High School Computer Competition, Aug. 2-4 in Baltimore.

Team members Austin Little, Charles McIntosh Jr. and Cameron Hughes were upbeat about the experience.

Little, 17, of the University High School Academy in Southfield, was a second time participant in the competition.  While he lamented spending lots of time fixing things as they built the application, he was positive about competing: “We learned a lot, and it will benefit us in the future,” he said.

Learning skills in execution was beneficial to McIntosh, 15, of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. “Seven hours is not a lot of time to build an application.” he said. “The competition taught me how to manage my time wisely and how to organize things.”

Perhaps the most philosophical comment came from Cameron Hughes, 16, of University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

“Even if we don’t do as well as we had hoped, it was a good learning experience and a personal victory,” he said.  “We learned a lot about how to manage our time.  The last five minutes were by far the most productive.”

Knowing their hard work and tenacity, Compuware Quality Assurance Analyst Daisha Herring was proud of their ninth place rating out of 18 competing teams. “If they keep at it, they will probably win a place in the top 5 next year,” she said.

For the past 16 years, Compuware has sponsored the BDPA Detroit team to the national competition. During this time, the Detroit team has won five national competitions.  Last year the team came in second, as it did in 2009.

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