11 Simpson students performed extremely well in the North Central Regional of the ACM International Intercollegiate Programming Contest on Saturday November 9 2013. Out of 260 teams, the team of Linsey Williams, Joel Gawarecki, and Jaris van Maanen finished in 44th place (top 20%), solving 3 out of the 8 problems. Two other Simpson teams solved 2 problems and the 4th team solved 1 problem. The contest problems are so difficult that many teams solve no problems at all.
The North Central Regional took place at about 15 sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Western Ontario and Manitoba. Our teams participated at Grandview University, against teams from Grandview and Drake. Out of about 25 teams at the Grandview site, the team of Linsey, Joel and Jaris finished in first place overall, an impressive achievement.
The other students who partipicated were: Ben Dimit, Jacob Feld, Evan Kimberlin, Mike Henry, Jacob Williams, Kendra Klocke, Thomas Klein, Tony Clark. This was the second year that our students have participated in the ACM contest, and they had clearly learned from previous experience and from extensive preparation and practice.
The contest problems and results are available here: http://ncna-region.unl.edu/