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April 20, 2010

Trinity University Computer Science Students Hold Programming Competition for High Schools


Trinity students Ryan Darley, left in blue shirt, and Phil Jensen, right in red shirt, guide a team of computer scientists from Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, during a programming competition on the Trinity campus.  

Photo by Trinity student Emily Howard

SAN ANTONIO – To help budding computer scientists learn more about the subject matter and to build ties with area teachers, Trinity’s department of computer science earlier this month held a programming competition for high school students.


Mark C. Lewis, associate professor of computer science at Trinity, said the event drew 25 teams from across the state, including representatives from schools in all four major metro areas. Teams worked for three hours to solve 10 different programming problems, with the top team finishing nine problems and the second and third place teams completing eight.


The top three teams were:


1. Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas – student participants were Andrew Wiley, Winston Wu, Noah Kessler, and the teacher was Annette Walter.


2. Seven Lakes High School, Katy, Texas – students were Grant Zheng, Jose Vera, Matt Reid, and teacher, Paul Stroud.


3. Reagan High School, San Antonio – students were Patrick Kingchatchaval, Travis Olbrich, and Matthew Saari, and teacher, Barbara Rios.


Professor Lewis, who advises the Trinity student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, said the competition – now in its sixth year – not only serves as a recruiting tool for Trinity computer science majors, but also is a community service.


“We run things a bit differently than other competition,” he said. “After the main part is done, I run back through the problems and go over all of them including showing my solutions to them and talking about how they were solved. We stress the educational aspect of the event.”


The event also provides a connection to area high school computer science teachers, who can return to Trinity to share ideas and learn new technologies, he said.


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