Frisco ISD Student Coders Shine at Digital Divas

Feb 19, 2020

Digital Divas Group Photo.In early February, 17 teams of girls represented Frisco ISD at the 8th Annual Digital Divas Computer Science Competition at Hebron High School. 

Digital Divas is an all-female contest where the competitors not only have the opportunity to compete but also the opportunity to learn from women in the profession.

Keynote speakers included Barbara Weiszhaar of Hewlett-Packard and Stephanie Liebman of NTT Data Services who spoke about the exciting opportunities and conveyed how much women are needed in the computer science field. Students also had the opportunity to attend workshops to explore particular topics in computer science.

The young women competed in an extremely challenging competition involving high-level problem solving of complex problems.

There were three divisions: a Never-Competed-Before Division for girls with little-to-no programming experience, a Novice Division for girls with general experience in computer science, and an Advanced Division for girls with greater programming experience. 

Overall, 82 teams competed at Digital Divas from over 25 area schools. Frisco ISD’s 17 teams came from Heritage, Wakeland, Memorial, Centennial, Frisco, Liberty and Lone Star high schools.

Heritage High School Winners.Congratulations to all the teams that competed and especially those that were recognized.

  • Heritage High School won the Advanced Division, earning the team members summer internships at Kalkomeny Enterprises, one of the major corporate sponsors. Congratulations to Mabel Egbirika, Ramya Namuduri and Sophie Zhang on their internships.

  • In the Intermediate Division, the team from Centennial placed second, while teams from Lone Star placed fourth and fifth.

  • Five Frisco ISD teams competed in the Beginner Division. While not placing, they solved the same number of problems as the top teams but just didn’t get them solved as quickly.

Christine Peterson is the Heritage High School computer science teacher and UIL computer science coach.

“Digital Divas provides an opportunity for young women to connect with other female peers with similar interests,” Peterson said. “Often female students are in a programming class with few other females. At Divas, students can see they are among friends, their voice is important and they have a place in this industry.”

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