Students Participate in ACM Programming Contest

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2012 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) East Central North America Programming Contest Nov. 2-3 at Youngstown State University.

The teams were under the direction of Dr. John Bonomo, Westminster associate professor of computer science, who served as a problem contributor and head judge.

  • Team 1:  Jenna Huston, Daniel Solomon, and Ryen Wilkins
  • Team 2:  Nick Hainsey and Mark Patton
Contestants were given a set of nine programming problems and five hours to solve as many as possible.  Points were awarded based on the number of problems solved correctly, as well as the speed with which solutions were obtained.

Westminster Team 2 solved two problems to finish 49th out of 131 teams competing this year.  Westminster Team 1 solved one problem and finished in 76th place.  Winning teams were from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, and Waterloo University,

Youngstown State was one of four sites where the IBM-sponsored contest was held.  Other locations were: Grand Valley State University (Michigan), the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Windsor (Ontario).  The contest drew students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana.
The contest provides college students with opportunities to interact with students from other universities, and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills.

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Row 1: Mark Patton, Jenna Huston, and Daniel Solomon Row 2: Dr. John Bonomo, Ryen Wilkins, and Nick Hainsey

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Westminster Teams 1 and 2 at ACM Programming Contest

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Team 1: Jenna Huston, Daniel Solomon, and Ryen Wilkins

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Team 2: Nick Hainsey (L) and Mark Patton (R)