VWC Seniors Take First in Local Computer Programming Contest

11-11-2015

Six Virginia Wesleyan students spent a recent Saturday competing in battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance at the Association for Computing Machinery-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition (Nov. 7). A VWC team made up of seniors Tyler Chang, Brian Hanna-Sauro, and Thomas Simmons finished in first place at the local competition site—Christopher Newport University—as they contended against 14 other teams from William and Mary, University of Richmond, University of Mary Washington and CNU. Their win placed them at 21st among 186 teams who also competed throughout the region that day. Wesleyan students Brandon Gilchrist ’17, Victoria Laughlin ’17, and Paulmichael Youngmills ’16 also participated in the ACM-ICPC competition on a second Virginia Wesleyan team. The annual contest promotes creativity, teamwork, and innovation, while testing students’ ability to perform under pressure. Using a single computer, teams are asked to solve eight or more complex problems in a five hour timeframe. The team that solves the most problems using the least cumulative time is declared the winner. The ACM-ICPC is comprised of three competition levels: local, regional and world. Participation in the competition has grown to nearly 40,000 students and faculty from more than 2,500 universities located in 101 countries on six continents. View Photo