Mason High School had more students than any other area school participate in TechOlympics 2016 - Cincinnati’s premiere technology competition and expo. More than 550 students competed in the three day, two night technology immersion competition - 58 hailing from MHS. Fourteen Mason students also helped run the event as participants of the INTERalliance Leadership Council.
Students compete with other schools in challenges ranging from programming to design to networking, with additional fun events like speed texting and the not-to-be-missed gaming throwdown.
“The students who represented Mason acted respectfully and professionally. Each student seemed to be on a mission to gather as much knowledge as they could and to create as big of a network of professionals (professors and employers) as they could. I was impressed with their diligence, desire and discipline,” said Gregory Kummer, MHS Computer Programming/ Mathematics/ Networking Teacher.
Mason's tech entrepreneurs showed particular promise during the event. Mason teams took second and third place in the "Startup Creation Challenge" - a team competition where up to four students brainstorm, develop a presentation, and pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges in just 2 hours!
Throughout TechOlympics, the following MHS students were the major point gainers for Mason: Alex Shearer (first place in Mockup Design), Charlie Yu (first place in Speed Keyboarding), Neil Giridharan(second place in Mystery Coding and fifth place in Microsoft Project Spark), Sydney Kong (third place in Speed Keyboarding), Zach Rudy (fifth place in Mystery Coding), and MHS student app development company Elements LLC (Ben Allen, Matt Busch, Daniel Matar, and Zach Rudy placed fourth in the Showcase).
Participating students received hands-on assistance with creating a professional resume while learning how to conduct themselves during formal job interviews. Students were also given direct access to Cincinnati’s best employers, many of whom will be looking for summer interns and future co-ops.
According to the event’s official website, “Backed by some of the most successful corporations, TechOlympics Expo 2016 promotes the technology of today by celebrating those who will invent the future tomorrow.”
MHS students who competed included: Benjamin Allen, Rishi Ambani. Akash Bakshi, Dival Banerjee, Alec Bell, Sydney Braine, Matt Busch, Matt Caldwell, Nick Celesti, Arko Chatterjee, Cindy Chen, Kent Cooper, Brian Culberson, Stephen Davis, Vikram Deepak, Robin Eads, Eric Gilene, Neil Giridharan, Marcel Goodwin, Jacob Grove, Sneha Gundavarpu, Thomas Hayama, Amy Huang, Rachel Hunter-Rinderle, Musa Khan, Suraj Komatineni, Sydnie Kong, Roheet Kumar, Jacob Kummer, Chase Long, Matthew Lucy, Sai Madichetty, Matthew Maertz, Noah Marsteller, Daniel Matar, Brendan McHugh, Salvador Mendoza, Andrew Mroczka, Zachary Oldham, Ajay Patnaik, Bailey Ralston, Zach Rudy, Suhaas Sameera, Nish Sanakari, Jeet Shah, Alexander Shearer, Aditya Singh, Jeet Srivastava, Pavan Vattyam, Sreeram Venkatarao, Alex Vennemeyer, Kevin Vermillion, Ian Vivas, Ben Wolfe, Shirley Yang, Charlie Yu, and Matthew Slusser.