Two teams of students from Terre Haute South Vigo High School showcased their computer programming skills to earn top honors in a contest for Vigo County high schools Jan. 28 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The contest was organized by Rose-Hulman’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery to give high school students a chance to practice their problem-solving skills and prepare them

for academic expectations in studying computer programming in college.

Teams were given three hours to submit working solutions to as many of 10 problems as possible.

Each solution had to deal not only with the test cases, but also interesting or unexpected cases, said David Korff, an Association for Computing Machinery officer.

South’s The Epic Snail team, captained by Steven Van Horn, earned first-place honors, edging out South’s Orange Shoe team, led by Michael Boland. Terre Haute North’s North team, led by Jonathan Rogers and Al Doti, placed third. North’s team, featuring Dustin Dudley and Brad Jeffers, also competed in the contest.

“The Epic Snail team had a good deal of skill and experience in writing programs to solve problems,” said Korff, a sophomore majoring in computer science .

“There was a wide range of experience among the teams, but all of the students did well,” Korff said.

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