Westminster College Students Participated in Programming Contest

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) East Central North America Programming Contest in the fall 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 included:

Jenna Huston, a senior computer science and mathematics major, is a daughter of Robert and Robin Huston of Beaver Falls and a graduate of Blackhawk High School.

Mark Patton, a junior computer science and mathematics major, is a son of Thomas and Karen Patton of Edinburg and a graduate of Mohawk Area High School.

Team 2 members were:

John Griebel, a junior mathematics and computer science major, is a son of John and Jackie Griebel of Marble and a graduate of Keystone High School.

Joshua Stevens, a sophomore computer science major, is a son of John and Kimberly Stevens of Zebulon, N.C., and a graduate of Clayton High School.

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.

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.

Youngstown State was one of four sites where the IBM-sponsored contest was held.  Other locations included 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. 

Contact Bonomo at 724-946-7287 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Westminster College students and professor compete at the ACM Programming Contest.(l-r) Row 1: Jenna Huston and Mark Patton, Row 2: Dr. John Bonomo, John Griebel, and Joshua Stevens