FTP Students

Nov 2, 2023

Natasha Eidson

OPSU Future Technology Professionals Club Shines at the USITCC Regional Competition

The Future Technology Professionals Club of Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) made their mark at the 2023 US Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) regional competition held in Springfield, Missouri from October 26th to 28th. The event brought together 116 talented graduate and undergraduate students from 8 universities across 4 states who competed in 8 different IT-related competitions.

Participating institutions included Missouri State University, Ozark Technical Community College, Cameron University, Amarillo College, University of Houston, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas State University, and Eastern Iowa Community College.

The OPSU Computer Information Systems students who represented OPSU included:

Alan Anchando
Elmer Asibey
Thomas Brown
Chloe Browning
Daniel Byer
Hunter Harris
Copeland Hayes
Julie Johnson
Samuel Maduka
Brian Morse
Ryan Sinclair
Aviskar Thapa

In the PC Troubleshooting Exam, where 48 competitors went head-to-head, OPSU’s Hunter Harris secured an impressive 4th place, earning an honorable mention.

The Network Security exam featured 59 talented contestants, and an outstanding 21 of them advanced to the intense 2-hour capture the flag finals. OPSU had three students who showcased their exceptional skills in this event. The final standings saw Missouri State University take 1st place, followed by Texas State University in 2nd place and Missouri State University in 3rd place. OPSU’s Chloe Browning, Julie Johnson, and Alan Anchando also earned well-deserved accolades, securing the 11th, 13th, and 20th positions, respectively.

OPSU students also participated in several other categories, showcasing their versatility and skills including Systems Analysis, Network Design, Office Solutions, Business Analytics, and Database.

Vicki Pasque, Assistant Professor of CIS at OPSU, expressed her pride in the students, saying, “Our students have consistently demonstrated their remarkable skills, and their success at the USITCC Regional Competition is a testament to their dedication and hard work. They have represented OPSU with distinction and have shown their ability to excel in the highly competitive field of information technology.”

The university community is thrilled with their achievements and looks forward to witnessing their continued success in future endeavors. FTP is scheduled to compete at the National USITCC event to be held in April 2024 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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