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BCHS students are top finishers at computer programming contest

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on April 9, 2019

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Two teams from Bethlehem Central High School placed top three at Siena College’s recent regional High School Computer Programming Contest, held March 29 in Loudonville. 

The contest, in its 32 year, was sponsored by Transfinder and welcomed 240 high school students on 60 teams from 16 high schools, making it the largest high school programming contest ever held at Siena. 

The teams, each including four students, were among seven Bethlehem Central teams taking part in the competition in which high school students were tested on their programming skills and problem solving abilities over three-plus hours. 

The competition featured two contest levels, Green and Gold. The Green level contest problems were geared to students enrolled in their first programming course. Most students competing in the Gold level problems had more than one year of programming experience. Four Bethlehem teams competed at the Gold level this year, while three competed at the Green level. Bethlehem has placed in the top three in the Green Competition for the past three years, however this is the first year a BC team has earned a top three finish in the Gold Level.

Congratulations to our BCHS winning teams:

  • 3rd Place (Gold level) – Govind Chari (12), William Convertino (11), Regan Murphy (11) and Andres Sevilla (11)
  • 3rd Place (Green level) – Stephanie Close (11), Tristan Coletto (11), Justin Dong (9) and Abigail DeFranco (10)

Programming languages for the contest included Java, Python, and C. Teams could only use one language for the contest and were required to declare their language when registering. All teams were required to use the college’s equipment and could not work on their own computers or mobile devices.

The Bethlehem teams were accompanied by the high school’s computer science teacher Rachel Linehan.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for our program to have a team place in the Gold level,” said Linehan. “And we are continuing to see impressive participation with 27 students taking part in the contest this year — which is more than half of all of our computer science students.” said Linehan.

All of the students did a tremendous job and worked very hard to prepare,” she said.