Department of Computer Science Hosts 24th Annual University of Maryland High School Programming Contest

The University of Maryland Department of Computer Science hosted the 24th annual University of Maryland High School Programming Contest on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. On Saturday, twenty-eight teams of D.C. area high school students gathered in the Computer Science Instructional Center to use their programming and problem solving skills to solve several “Despicable Me” themed programming problems. Contest Directors Amol Deshpande and Chau-Wen Tseng, as well as faculty members Evan Golub, MohammadTaghi HajiAghayi, and Dave Mount, and graduate student Saeed Seddhighin, devised challenges for the teams of four high school students to solve. Student submissions were judged on correctness, followed by speed of submission.
 
The results for the top 7 places in this years competition were:
  1. Thomas Jefferson High School 
  2. Montgomery Blair High School
  3. Poolesville High School
  4. Winston Churchill High School
  5. Sidwell Friends School
  6. Towson High School
  7. Marriot’s Ridge High School 
 
The John Gannon Award for the Most Improved Team was awarded to Mount Hebron High School.
 
Brenda Chick, Jendayi Nyabingi, James Phongsuwan, and Jeanine Worden organized the logistical and technical parts of the event.  Susan Schmoyer designed the graphics.  They were assisted by undergraduates Josh Berenhaus, Vito Chen, Jennifer Choudhry, William Definbaugh, Anupam Ghosh, Kevin Hui, Angela Kuriacose, Daniel McLaughlin, Angel Plane, Fredris Rennie, Walker Wright, Daniil Zadorozhny and high school students Yael Emeshwu, Olufemi Nyabingi, and Amanda Thomas.
 
The High School Programming Contest was sponsored by: Nancy Garrison, UMIACS, CMNS, the CS Department, Dante Consulting, Appian, and Papa John’s Pizza. 
 
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