As a high school student competing against college students in a global computer programming contest, Brighton senior Kaitlyn Lowe didn’t think she really had a chance at winning.
Nevertheless, she really wanted the t-shirt promised to all those who completed all three parts of the IBM Master the Mainframe competition, so, after completing step one and two in her Computer Science and Programming class at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC), she persevered to the end on her own.
To her surprise, in January, Kaitlyn discovered that she was chosen as a regional winner of the elite competition, representing the United States. Of the other eight regional winners chosen from throughout the world, only one is a high school student. The rest are graduate and undergraduate students from as far away as Japan and Algeria.