Sawyer Dobson ’19 Wins Change the Game Competition

February 11, 2016   |   General

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory congratulates Sawyer Dobson ’19 for his first-place finish at the Change the Game challenge. The competition was held in San Francisco this January and hosted by Drobo, a data storage company. Sawyer, a ninth grade Inquiry & Innovation scholar, designed the winning city using 1849, a city planning simulation game created set during the California Gold Rush.

Change the Game participants used 1849 to design virtual cities set in 19th century California. Students created their designs following the competition specifications, then presented their final city plans to the judging panel.

From left to right: competition judges Miss California Crystal Lee and Drobo CEO Mihir Shah, 2nd place Luca Herlein ’19, 1st place Sawyer Dobson ’19, 3rd place Terrence Leshinger and competition judge San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed.

From left to right: competition judges Miss California Crystal Lee and Drobo CEO Mihir Shah, 2nd place Luca Herlein ’19, 1st place Sawyer Dobson ’19, 3rd place Terrence Leshinger and competition judge San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed.

Sawyer edged ahead of 25 other hopeful high school participants, including fellow SHC students Luca Herlein ’19 (second place) and Charlie Lewkowtiz ’19 (top five). The judging panel included San Francisco Supervisor and Board President London Breed and Drobo CEO Mihir Shah.

Shah shared, “Drobo is proud to sponsor the Change the Game competition. History has powerful lessons for our youth. Those lessons will guide them to make better decisions.”

Learn more about SHC’s Inquiry & Innovation Program.

Learn more about Drobo and 1849 creators, SomaSim.