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BCHS students win computer programming contest

Filed in Archive by on April 10, 2017

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A team from Bethlehem Central High School won first place in Siena College’s recent regional High School Computer Programming Contest, held March 24 in Loudonville. A second Bethlehem team finished third in the contest, which is in its 30th year. 

The teams, each including four students, were among six 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. Both Bethlehem teams competed at the Green level this year.

Congratulations to our BCHS winning teams:

  • 1st Place (Green level) – Josh Rosenthal (12), Corbin Balzan (12), Frankie Corazzini (12) and Kyle Yanneck (11)
  • 3rd Place (Green level) – Patrick Knight (11), Caroline Mahar (12), Molly Brown (12) and Derin Gumustop (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. Introduction to Computer Science was added as an elective at the high school in 2014-15 after the district was selected by Siena as a partner school when the college received a $688,000 National Science Foundation grant. The funding has allowed Siena faculty to work with Ms. Linehan to teach Siena’s introductory computer science course at the high school, with students who successfully complete the course receiving college credit. The course has been growing in popularity.

“This is a huge accomplishment and not only for the teams who placed so high but for our program in general,” said Linehan. “Last year, we had eight students participate and this year, we had an impressive 24 — more than half of all of our computer science students — compete at Siena.” said Linehan.

“I was very impressed and happy to see the students so successful and having so much fun,” she said.