Eastern Students Win Rowan Computer Programming Contest

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The Computer Science Department at Rowan University on April 9 hosted the 19th Annual South Jersey Regional High School Programming Contest, open to students who previously had won at the county level
The Computer Science Department at Rowan University on April 9 hosted the 19th Annual South Jersey Regional High School Programming Contest, open to students who previously had won at the county level in preliminary rounds held at area county colleges.

First prize, for earning the most points in the overall contest, went to Elizabeth Corson and David Boehm of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees. Each won a 1 gigabyte Sandisk keychain drive and a $500 scholarship to Rowan. Corporate sponsors Apple Computer, Lockheed-Martin and Prentice Hall donated these and other prizes, including Apple iPods, other electronic hardware and a wide variety of computer science books.

Other winners were:
Java / C++ category

1. Elizabeth Corson and David Boehm, Eastern Regional High School

2. Pawel Buczak and Daniel Kaplan, Moorestown High School

3. Courtney Blair and Evan Newkirk, Moorestown High School

Basic category

1. Ryan Collier and Eric Tieniber, Moorestown High School

2. Norman Ling and Mihir Thaker, Eastern Regional High School

3. Phyllis Huang and Anisha Singh, Moorestown High School


Student competitors had to program a computer to evaluate quality control measurements to determine when a production process had to be adjusted, an integral element of the quality assurance method known as ?statistical process control.?

While the students were working, Kyle Cassidy of the University of Pennsylvania?s Annenberg School for Communication gave their teacher-coaches a talk on the nature of on-line ?virtual communities,? how these communities develop and how on-line friendships can affect the larger world.

Judges included faculty and alumni from Rowan's Computer Science Department as well as representatives from local industry.

For more information about the contest, as well as this year's problem specification, some of the solutions and pictures of the event, visit http://www.rowan.edu/hspc.


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