Students Participate in ACM Programming Contest

Monday, November 18, 2013

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) East Central North America Programming Contest Nov. 8-9, 2013, at Youngstown State University.

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

  • Team 1:  Jenna Huston and Mark Patton
  • Team 2:  John Griebel and Josh Stevens
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.

Winning teams this year were from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan and University of Toronto. A total of 126 teams participated in the regional contest this year, and 90% of them solved at least one problem.

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: Jenna Huston and Mark Patton; Row 2: Dr. John Bonomo, John Griebel, and Josh Stevens

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Team 1: Jenna Huston (front); Mark Patton (back)

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Team 2: Josh Stevens (front); John Griebel (back)