Carter Rogers Awarded First Place for Java Programming Submission
Rogers is a Junior at Woodland High School in Fairfax, Oklahoma. He attends the BITE Program at the Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City. On May 4, 2019, Rogers was awarded First place at the Business Professionals of America National Conference after previously placing second at the state conference with a program that sorts employee by name or identification.
Rogers traveled to Anaheim, California May 1st to compete in the BPA National Conference. He prepared for the competition by studying more and using his State results and feedback to perfect his project. “The State competition was an eye-opener about certain details I didn’t know,” he stated.
The National Conference included over 75 competitors that Rogers faced in his category. His Java Programming took on a new objective, as he was required to design a program that simulated a stoplight function. He was given an hour and a half to complete all three stages, green, yellow and red. Rogers completed his event in 30 minutes.
A combination of excellent training, academic dedication, and his Osage traditions all contributed to Rogers winning this award. He hopes to inspire other young Osage students ambitious to reach academic goals, saying, “Anybody who thinks they can’t achieve great things, should stop thinking. Your only limit is the one you give yourself. If you want something, work hard for it, put your whole being into it. A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be placing First at a National competition. My only advice to anybody who thinks their goals are impossible is this,
and don’t be afraid to fail”.
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