Wheeler High School’s Technology Student Association was the only high school team invited to compete in Emory University’s recent DataFest competition, but that didn’t stop the Wheeler students from walking away as the best overall team. They beat out 34 college teams for the award.
Emory’s prestigious DataFest is a weekend-long data analysis competition. The 34 college teams and the Wheeler High School team were composed of 4-5 students who analyzed and presented proposed solutions for a big data problem. After analyzing several gigabytes of data for over 20 hours, teams presented their results to a panel of judges from Emory’s faculty and industry experts. Wheeler’s team consisted of juniors Morris Wan, Devanshu Tiwari, Brian Kent, and Pranav Nedumpurath. Wheeler teacher Jeff Kent served as the team’s coach. One of the judges, who is the organizer of the Southern Data Science Conference, was so impressed with the Wheeler students’ performance that he gave the team members free tickets to this year’s Southern Data Science Conference in Atlanta.
This isn’t Wheeler’s first trip to Emory’s DataFest. In 2018, Wheeler sent a team that won Best Use of External Data.
DataFest originated at the University of California, Los Angeles and spread to Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University.