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Digital Divas Event at Hebron High School a Success

Nearly 300 high school and middle school girls attend programming competition organized by Hawks teacher.

HHS1 Hebron High School hosted the seventh annual Digital Divas programming competition on Feb. 1. The event featured 262 high school and middle school girls from 28 different schools across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

HHS2 “Digital Divas was over a year in the making and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it was completely worth it,” Hebron High School AP Science teacher and event coordinator Jared Stites said.

HHS3 The event is designed to promote more girls to go into the computer science field. Keynote speakers were NTT DATA Services Senior Vice President Stephanie Liebman and Hewlett-Packard Tax Office Chief Barbara Barton Weiszhaar.

HHS4 Girls competed in three programing divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. The victorious team in the advanced division won a summer internship with Kalkomey Enterprises. Lewisville ISD was represented by students from HHS and Lewisville High School.

HHS5 Girls also had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops covering topics such as, interview skills, artificial intelligence, big data and university life skills.

HHS7 “There is a culture shift brewing amongst those who develop technology,” Stites said. “The effects of this cultural diversification will be staggering – driving technology in directions we have yet to imagine. Digital Divas is a catalyst for that change by encouraging more girls to join this technologically-driven conversation.”

HHS9 Digital Divas was sponsored by several local companies, universities, and organizations.

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