Six students from Stonehill College’s Leo J. Meehan School of Business recently competed at the American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest, an annual data analytics hack-a-thon. This year’s event was hosted at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As part of the program, students analyze a data set provided by a corporate sponsor. This year, Ashley Swift ’23, Leah Morgenstern ’23, Steven Shalvey ’23, Kristina McEvoy ’23, Molly McFague ’23 and Michael Daversa ’24 competed against students from Bryant University and UMass Dartmouth. They presented their findings to judges from SAS, Urban Institute and dataDragon. 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. Being able to accomplish what our students did in such a short time span is very challenging. They really showed everyone what a data analytics student at Stonehill is capable of,” said Dr. Michael J. Salé, assistant professor of management information systems and director of Stonehill’s data analytics programs.