Nov. 3, 2009
Computer programming students place third at regional competition
Computing students from Northwest gathered in Parkville Oct. 24 for one of the 11 programming competitions in the Mid-Central Region that comprised the opening round of the 34th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Northwest programmers joined students from Park University, the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ten three-member teams participated at the Park University site; Northwest entered three teams in the competition.
Scott Bell, instructor of computer science/information systems, said Northwest's top team, Northwest Bearcats, which included Dustin Singleton, Dana Estes and Tyler Griesbach, tied for first in the number of problems solved (four). The team was ranked third out of 10 based on the amount of time it took to solve the problems. Northwest Cats, which included Lalitha Praneetha, Bhogaraju, Thejasvi Manyam and Mohammad Nabil Shaik, took sixth place, and Northwest Green, which included Nikhil Nijhawan, Pavan Kishore Ventrapragada and Raghunath Pavan Talla Pragada, placed eighth.
Overall, there were 140 teams competing in the Mid-Central Region. The Northwest Bearcats team tied for 28th place and was ranked 69th after determining the amount of time to solve the problems.
The annual competition draws tens of thousands of students from universities in more than 80 countries on six continents. The teams that solve the most problems correctly in the least amount of time advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in February where 100 regional champions meet in China to compete for awards, scholarships and prizes.
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