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Sinclair Community College Recognizes Winners of First ASA DataFest Student Competition

Sinclair Community College is celebrating the winners of the college's first American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest Student Competition held at the Centerville campus. Four student teams took top honors during a special awards ceremony held on Saturday, April 8, 2023.  

During the competition, 20 Sinclair Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Information Technology (IT) students divided into teams to analyze and find meaning in large and complex datasets.  The winners of Sinclair’s 2023 ASA DataFest Competition are: 

Best In Show 

Festus Ene 

Spencer McNally 

Rahwa Mehari 

Binamra Sigdel 


Organizers Award 

Sha’maria Barton 

Joshua Brown 

Jeremiah Byrd 

Ethan Hile 

Michael Osborne 

Best Use of External Data 

Kyle Baker 

Stephen Freels  

Anthony Saum  

Best Visualization 

Birhane Mehari 

Gentil Niyomushobozi 

Carson Richardson 

Christopher Routson 

The Sinclair ASA DataFest Competition is one of several initiatives made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to prepare students for in-demand careers in data analytics.   

“Sinclair Community College is incredibly proud of all the students who competed. They have worked so hard in the classroom, and it was exciting to see them work together in teams to tackle complex data sets in a friendly competition,” said Paul Hansford, Associate Professor – Sinclair College Computer Science and Information Technology Department.  

During Sinclair ASA DataFest 2023, students received guidance from faculty and industry professionals. The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Amanda Bullock, Deputy Chief Data Officer with the Air Force Research Laboratory.  

Over the next few months, more than 50 colleges and universities will hold ASA DataFest Competitions. Sinclair has joined this elite group to provide an exciting and competitive event to allow students to showcase their data skills. 

Sinclair Community College plans to make the ASA DataFest Competition an annual event.