Northeast Hosts 14th Annual Computer Programming Contest

by jamesc  4/25/2014 2:54:12 PM --  NORFOLK – Approximately 60 students from three colleges and five high schools competed in the 14th Annual Northeast Community College Programming Contest held this week on the Norfolk campus.


Richard Chrisman, Northeast Community College information technology instructor, said the students competed on 13 teams in two divisions – high school and college. “Each team had to solve as many as the nine problems presented in the least amount of time within a three-hour time frame. Each team had a designated computer with which to work, and no additional computing tools were allowed to be used,” he said.

In the college division, a team from Wayne State College (Ian Koeppe, John Hawk, Luke Emery, and Rich Scheer) solved four problems in the least amount of time to finish first. A team from Northeast Community College (Blaine Greenough, of Norfolk, Donna Wichman, of Battle Creek, Nora Yosten of West Point, and Zach Christensen, of Howells) finished second. Another team from Wayne State College placed third while a team from Western Iowa Tech finished fourth. A second team from Northeast placed fifth.

In the high school division, a team from Western Christian High School in Hull, IA, (Aaron Van Middendorp, Kyle Vander Plaats, and Sam Fessler) solved five problems to earn first place. A team from Western Christian finished second. A team from Norfolk Senior High School (Jacob Albrecht, Jordan Judt, Swazy Dalyrmple, and Matthew Ramold) placed third.  A team from Pierce High School (Chris McWilliams, Derrick Bjorklund, and Matt Penne) was fourth.

A combination high school team from Atkinson West Holt and West Point-Beemer also competed in the contest.

Other Northeast students who competed included: Kevin Anderson of Pierce, Austin Bass of Norfolk, Brody Bergantzel of Columbus, Brenden Jones of Stanton, Clint Kaspar of Omaha, and Dustin Kathol of Crofton.)

The top three finishing teams were presented with plaques. Certificates were awarded to each member on the top five teams.


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Richard Chrisman, information technology instructor at Northeast Community College, visits with students competing in Northeast’s 14th Annual Computer Programming Contest on the Norfolk campus. Pictured (from left) are Chandler Huston and Cody Ernesti of West Point-Beemer, and Aaron Johnson, of Atkinson West Holt. Approximately 60 students competed on 13 teams in two divisions – high school and college - during the three-hour contest.

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