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UWF team earns third place in computer programming contest

A team of University of West Florida students recently placed third in the annual Southeast Association for Computing Machine Regional Programming contest’s division II category, hosted by the UWF Department of Computer Science. The contest was held Nov. 11, simultaneously at four regional universities including the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina; Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia; Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and The University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida.

During the five hour long competition, teams of three students wrote several computer programs to solve algorithmic problems. Solutions were submitted online from the team’s assigned computers to have them instantly evaluated. Teams were tasked with solving the most problems in the shortest amount of time. Teams that solve correctly the most number of problems in the shortest time win the competition. The goal of the competition was to improve the skills necessary to solve problems with computers.

UWF team members Anthony Dwyer, William Tennis and Adrian Deleon received first place out of ten teams at the contest held at UWF. The team came in third place overall against 72 teams regionally in division II of the contest. Contestants from Emory University placed first and contestants from Georgia State University placed second overall in division II. At the UWF location, a total of 18 teams competed in either division I or division II, four of them from UWF and the remaining teams from nearby universities in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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