IT Students Are National Runners Up

May 6, 2012

After claiming the title of State Champions at the Business Professionals of America Competition, Shane Talbert, Patrick Howser, Nick Dummitt, and Connor Pierce set their sights on the national title. Shane, Patrick, Nick, and Connor are all seniors in DACC’s Information Technology Academy program. They combined their talents, which include design, coding, and presenting, to develop www.myhealthynation.org, a web site focused on helping users lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. The site lists over 500 locations where users can find healthy meals or participate in fitness activities. At the recent Business Professionals of America National Competition, this team of seniors claimed 2nd place in the nation.

Business Professionals of America focuses on preparing students to succeed and assess real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. Career and Technical Education students start out competing locally. If they qualify, they can go on to compete regionally, statewide, and nationally to demonstrate their hard work in these areas.

Patrick is excited to be the first DACC Information Technology team to make it this far in the competition. “As juniors last year, we only made it to third place in the state. Over the last twelve months, we’ve really grown as a team and managed to not only win the state competition, but come in second at the national level against really tough competitors. We were proud to represent DACC and Ohio with such a great cause as supporting Michelle Obama’s campaign to create a healthier America.”

Each student on the team played a different role. As Team Captain and Lead Developer, Shane was in charge of all of the behind-the-scenes coding of the site. Patrick acted as Team Spokesperson and played a vital role in creating and delivering the speech. Nick oversaw the look and layout of the site and worked closely with Connor, the Graphic Designer, to create a visually appealing and user friendly web site.

According to Information Technology Instructor, Josh Gallagan, “I was overjoyed, mostly about being able to seeing these students mature and watching their development from third in the state to State Champions and National Runners Up. I couldn’t be more proud of what my students were able to accomplish.” 

Also competing at the national competition were Alex Diamond, Morgan Joliff, Natori King, and Sydney Granger for their anti-bullying video.