Four Stonehill students recently had reason to celebrate after competing at the American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest, an annual data analytics hack-a-thon. This year’s event was hosted at the Leo J. Meehan School of Business on the weekend of Saturday, April 23. 

During this program, students are typically given a data set that they must analyze and interpret. They then present their findings to a panel of judges. This year, computer science majors Caleb Hadley ’22, Ryan Pepin ’22, Liam Carroll ’22 and Ashley Swift ’23 competed against students from Bryant University, Bridgewater State University and UMass Dartmouth.  

The students were tasked with interpreting a public health data set provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They presented their findings to judges from Stonehill, SAS, Urban Institute and Esri. Stonehill’s team came in first place for Best Use of External Data. They were also honored as runners up for Best Insight and Best Visualization.   

“I am so proud of our team. Interpreting complex data at such a fast pace is no easy feat, but with the backing of a Stonehill education, it’s no wonder that our students came out victorious,” said Dr. Michael J. Salé, assistant professor of management information systems and director of Stonehill’s data analytics programs.