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Strong showing for UCC programmers at multi-school competition

UCC sent three teams of aspiring mathematicians and computer programmers to compete in the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario’s “Battle of the Brains” at Saint Andrew’s College, March 26. There were 21 teams of four students each competing. Two UCC teams had strong showings with second and third place finishes.

The schools included Villanova College, St. Clement’s School, Bayview Glen, Saint Andrew’s College and Trinity College School. They vied for a chance to represent their schools at the ECOO’s Toronto regional programming contest at York University on April 26.

This year’s questions were the most difficult in recent memory, but two UCC teams managed to move on. The “UCC2” team composeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAd of Matthew Ye, Kinton Cheung, Nicholas Elder and Derek Lam, was the only team to use in the PHP programming language, and finished second to a very strong “SAC2” team. “UCC3,” captained by IB2 computer science club head Paul Bardea  and Y2 programmers Luke Hoel and Karman Cheema, programmed their solutions using Python, another programming language, and finished third. (Bardea will attend Waterloo University for software engineering next year.)

Congratulations to all UCC competitors and good luck at the regionals.

— Mark Hoel