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Blair takes first in University of Maryland Programming Contest

$2500 awarded to Computer Team

By David Jia, Online Blair Connections Editor and Clement Yang, Online Blair Connections Editor
March 9, 2007
Li, Wasserman and McCutchen work on problems at the programming contest.  (Photo courtesy of UMD High School Programming Contest website)
Li, Wasserman and McCutchen work on problems at the programming contest. (Photo courtesy of UMD High School Programming Contest website)
Blair's Computer Team placed first in the University of Maryland's 17th annual High School Programming Contest last Saturday, receiving $2500. This year was the first time since 1999 that Blair has been awarded first place, beating Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Virginia, which has won the last seven contests.
This year's test problems involve senarios  concerning "Pirates of the Caribbean." (Graphic by UMD High School Programming Contest website)
This year's test problems involve senarios concerning "Pirates of the Caribbean." (Graphic by UMD High School Programming Contest website)

Out of the 40 teams from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., Blair was the only school to complete all eight problems, finishing in one hour and 23 minutes out of the three hours allotted. Thomas Jefferson High School, completing seven out of the eight problems, came in second.

The four-member team competing in this contest, themed "Pirates of the Caribbean," consisted of seniors Matthew McCutchen and Benjamin Li, junior Louis Wasserman and sophomore Edward Gan, coached by Magnet Computer Science teacher Karen Collins. Members from Blair's Computer Team regularly compete in local programming contests, including the last month's Loyola College 2006-07 High School Programming Contest, for which the senior team won $512 in prize money.

"Winning the contest was great, because Blair has come in second for the past seven years, and this time we won by a solid margin," said senior Benjamin Li. "We finally beat [Thomas Jefferson]."

The web page for the 17th University of Maryland High School Programming Contest can be visited here.

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