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Ziad Kobti congratulates members of the top team.Ziad Kobti, director of the School of Computer Science, congratulates members of the top team in the Secondary School Computer Programming Competition.

Sweet 16 for high school programming contest draws record turnout

A record 37 teams vied for a total of $25,000 in entrance scholarships to the School of Computer Science at the 16th annual Secondary School Computer Programming Competition on Friday, Dec. 6.

The competition involves a combination of team problem-solving and computer programming skills. Each team of three is given three hours to solve five problems. In total, 111 competitors participated, representing 14 high schools in Windsor, Essex, Leamington, and Chatham.

Coming out on top were two teams from Vincent Massey Secondary School, with the first-place finishers each receiving a $100 gift card and an offer of a $3,000 scholarship, and second-place each receiving a $75 gift card and an offer of a $2,000 scholarship. Four other teams also won prizes; find the final results on the event scoreboard.

Ziad Kobti, director of the School of Computer Science, thanked student volunteers and staff organizers for their work to host the contest, and extended special appreciation to the math department for the loan of its resource centre to help accommodate the record number of contestants.

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