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Villanova Participates in the International Collegiate Programming Contest

Contributed by Frank Klassner, Ph.D.

On October 25, 2008, the Computing Sciences Department sent two teams (Wildcats Blue and Wildcats White) to Wilkes University to compete in the 31st annual regional International Collegiate Programming Contest conducted by the Association for Computing Machinery, the international professional organization for computer scientists. The contest challenges teams to develop and write programs to solve eight problems in five hours.

Wildcats Blue finished four problems, and Wildcats White finished two problems. These results earned the Blue team a 2nd place finish out of 21 teams at the Wilkes site and a tie for 5th place finish out of 161 teams in the entire region of 66 schools from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. This represents the best record achieved by a Villanova team in a region containing schools such as Lehigh, Virginia Tech, Duke, Drexel, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore.

"Wildcats Blue" had Kory Kirk ('09), AJ Palkovic ('10), and Casey Burkhardt ('11) as members. "Wildcats White" had Richard Banister ('09), Kristen Raudonis ('11), and Stephen Walters ('09) as members. Frank Klassner, Ph.D., is team coach.

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