STL students excel at university ‘hackathon’ competition

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates a team of four Grade 11 students from St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School in Richmond Hill who recently took third place in the Hack Western competition, organized by the University of Western Ontario.

The students, Robert Kuramshin, Anthony Reda, Pratham Desai, and Naveed Alaee, were one of 91 teams that took place in the ‘hackathon’ competition that challenged students to create innovative tech-related items, such as apps, software, hardware, websites, etc. The competition is just 36 consecutive hours long, prompting students to work throughout the night.

The St. Theresa of Lisieux team reworked the smart board, found in many classrooms, to win third place. This team was one of only three high school teams in the competition; the other 88 were made up of college or university students.

Many innovative technology companies, such as Yahoo, Google, and Dell were at the event, acting as judges and looking for students with excellent skills.  Robert, Anthony, Pratham and Naveed were interviewed by CTV news at the event, and truly make St. Theresa of Lisieux and the York Catholic District School Board proud.