High Schools compete in programming contest

For Immediate Release:  April 19, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Fifty teams from 24 schools participated in the 21st annual High School Programming Contest conducted by Bloomsburg University's Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences on Tuesday, April 12.

Four-person teams worked on 10 problems provided by BU faculty members during the three-hour contest in Kehr Union Ballroom. The teams’ solutions were judged by undergraduates in the computer science major and the Association for Computing Machinery student club.

The winning team, We Dem Bees from Emmaus, and second-place team, 1337 Enigmas from State College, each solved nine problems. The top 10 teams received plaques, and the top 10 placing schools received prizes, including sets of Amazon gift certificates valued at $150 and $100, provided by guest speaker Len Kalechitz, a 2001 computer science graduate, and his company, Solution Development Firm.

Participating high schools were: Berwick, Central Columbia, Conrad Weiser, Coughlin, Delaware Valley, Elizabethtown Area, Easton Area, Emmaus, Fleetwood Area, Greater Nanticoke Area, Hazleton Area, Jim Thorpe Area, Meyers, Montoursville Area, Montrose Area, Nazareth Area, North Schuylkill, Pittston Area, Southern Columbia Area, State College Area and Wyoming Seminary. Also, Susquenita, Duncannon; Millburn, Millburn, N.J., and Montgomery Blair, Silver Spring, Md.

The contest is organized annually by Drue Coles, chair and professor of mathematical and digital sciences, with assistance from other faculty and students.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.