On February 10, 2017, the Department of Computer Science held the 35th Annual High School Programming Competition at Harbor Walk. With over 70 attendees, including students, coaches, and parents, the competition comprised of 18 teams throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, with new teams participating from Wando High School, Bishop England High School, and Charlotte Latin School.
The competition is an annual community outreach to encourage computing education for high school students at all levels. Utilizing Python and Java, teams are allotted two hours to collaborate and solve ten problems. The programming environment resembles the ACM Intercollegiate Programming Competition, allowing students to apply their learned skills in future competitions. The competition concluded with an awards ceremony and talk from sponsor, Christopher O’Rourke, director of NodeSC, CEO and founder of Soteria. Local high schools Academic Magnet and Wando placed in the top ten, with Porter Gaud placing second.
Congratulations to Miguel de los Reyes, Kireet Panuganti, and Nikhil Redd, Team O(1/n) from North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics, for first place at the competition. Tilson Gallway, Michael Psenka, and Charles Truluck, Team Dangling Pointers from Porter Gaud and Henry Sawyer, Kai Hoop, and Pierre Nicolas Perrin, Team Careful, Our Team Bytes from Carrboro High School, for second and third place, respectively.
Thank you to all teams that participated in the competition. We look forward to next year.