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Students fare well in regional computer programming contest

Two Muskingum University teams competed in the regional Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming competition, held recently in Youngtown.

One team was made up of Colin Streb '10, Sarah Hare '11 and Chris Bowles '11. That team placed 24th out of 113 teams, by solving 3 of the eight problems presented to them. That ranking represents a new record for Muskingum at this competition.

The other team consisted of Adam Barry '10, Jake Turner '12 and Jacob Knekleian '12. Professor of Computer Science Dr. Ralph Hollingsworth served as coach for the contest.

Each team at the competition was asked to complete eight programming problems in five hours. The complexity of those problems was such that more than 20 of the competing teams were not able to solve any of the problems and only two were able to solve all eight.

In preparation for the regional event, Muskingum also held a programming competition of its own this fall. The purpose of that competition was to help students prepare for the regional contest. The September event was attended by eight colleges and universities, and the Muskingum team of Bowles, Hare and Amy Miller '10 placed second there.

ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. It also provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences and career resources. The ACM regional competition was also sponsored by IBM.