At BDPA's 32nd National Technology Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, Compuware Corporation received an award for "Best Companies for Blacks In Technology". Compuware also financially supported BDPA-Detroit's High School Computer Camp (HSCC) Program. With the funding, Detroit was able to send 4 students (Matthew Clark, Jourdan West, Daniel Rothchild, and Darryn Brundage-Forrest) to participate in a Web Design competition. This year there were 23 teams, and Detroit's HSCC Team won 2nd Place. The Jesse Bemley Scholarship goes to the top five high school student teams competing in the annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) at the BDPA National conference. The top five teams are those that received the highest team scores in the three phases of the HSCC competition (Oral, Written, and Programming competitions). Each member on the Detroit Team will receive a scholarship award of $2500 for college from the Bemley Scholarship Fund.
Thanks to all the members who volunteered your time for the program. Many of you spent countless hours interviewing and training students and helping with the local mock competition. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and they are appreciated! A SPECIAL thanks goes out to Tonji Zimmerman, Detroit's HSCC Coordinator and Trainer. She's given up practically all of her Saturdays for 5 months, to train the students and her hard work truly shined at the Conference.
While the Chapter can't repay anyone for their efforts, I hope you can find comfort in the great achievement of the Detroit Team.
Last but not least thanks to Renee Kent who was the student's chaperon this year!
Congrat's to Detroit's Board of Director's
The BDPA National Awards Program provides a means to recognize individual chapters and members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the mission and objectives of the National organization. At the Awards Gala the Detroit Chapter received 3rd place Chapter of the Year!
Thanks to the Board of Director's for all of your support. A SPECIAL thanks goes to Tamika Smith "Diva Designs" for her work in preparing and submitting the Award Booklet. I, as Chapter President, have never been so proud to represent an organization of leaders who have effortlessley worked on behalf of this great Chapter.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.