New York City Area High School Teams Win Cornell U Programming Contest
Teams from New York City-area high schools snagged the top spots at the
University High School Programming Contest, in which the
teams were asked to solve problems by writing their own computer
That is in contrast to last year's inaugural
which schools closer to Cornell, in the Ithaca, NY area, took the top
This year, teams from the Dalton School in New York
first and third place while a team from Byram Hills High School in
County, NY took second place. Last year, teams from Ithaca High School
first and third place and a team from West Irondequoit High School in
Rochester, NY came in second.
Both years, the goal was for teams to take seven
were presented with and solve them by writing their own computer
problems this year ranged from translating English into Pig Latin to
calculating the grade a student would need on a final exam to pass a
counting the guests at an imaginary party.
Each team was provided only a computer workstation,
paper and a calculator. None were allowed access to any other electronic
devices or the Internet. Although the teams could choose almost any
language they wanted, all chose Java, the language typically taught in
The winners were those teams that solved the most
within a three-hour period. The problems varied in complexity and, among
teams' concerns, was deciding which ones could be solved the quickest.
The "judge" was actually a computer program that
submitted entries with the expected result.
This year, of the 17 teams from eight schools to
teams solved all seven problems, one each solved five or six and three
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.