Greater Columbia BDPA Chapter brought home the gold by placing 1st in the BDPA National Conference IT Showcase competition

By August 15, 2012 IT-oLogy Defined

Submitted by Jamesetta James, BDPA Volunteer

Greater Columbia BDPA students and instructors did an OUTSTANDING job representing the Greater Columbia BDPA chapter, its sponsors IT-oLogy, Wal-Mart, BlueCross BlueShield of SC and the State of South Carolina at the 34th BDPA National Technology Conference held in Baltimore, MD July 31st – August 4th, 201. Our chapter also received high marks in several other category competitions.

Tyra Foulks, a junior at Irmo High School, took 1st place in the IT Showcase High School competition presenting a technical research paper titled “PET) POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY (CT) COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY. (PET/CT):THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER”. Tyra was awarded a $3,000 Johnson and Johnson IT Showcase scholarship.

Brandi Taylor, also a junior at Irmo High School, took 3rd place in the IT Showcase High School competition. Brandi’s technical research paper is titled “INNOVATIONS OF THE GPS”.. Both research papers have been published in the BDPA Proceeding journal.

Tyra and Brandi were also members of the 3rd place winning team for the Video Creation and Editing workshop. The student’s task were to produce a video around the theme “BDPA is IT, Share The Fun”.

(Tyra Foulks and Brandi Taylor: 2nd and 3rd position from right)

Nathaniel Abraham, III, a graduate of Keenan High school, a rising freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and a member of the computer competition team, received one of three Johnson and Johnson High School student scholarship awards.  With an 1820 SAT score, Nathaniel was awarded a $2,000 Johnson and Johnson scholarship.

Greater Columbia BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team also ranked 8th out of 17 teams. The chapter also received 3rd place in the tee shirt competition design encompass this year’s conference theme “Transforming the IT professional”.

Below are links to the video clip shown at the 22nd BDPA National Awards gala and pictures taken during the conference.

BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) is an internationally recognized organization of IT professionals whose goals include preparing young people who are interested in becoming the next generation of ‘Information Technology Thought Leaders’ in academia and corporate America. The regional and national HSCC championships are part of the BDPA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline summarized in its motto, ‘From the Classroom to the Boardroom’

Classes will be starting up soon and we look forward to new students, 9th – 12th grade, enrolled

in our workshops. Please check for upcoming registration date at


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