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UCC students excel in Canadian Computing Competition

Half of the 22 Upper Canada College students who entered the recent Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) scored in the top 25 per cent of high school students from around the world.

UCC computer science teacher Mark Hoel said the CCC, run by the Centre for Education in Math and Computing, “is a fun challenge for secondary school students with an interest in programming. It is an opportunity for students to test their ability in designing, understanding and implementing algorithms.”

CCC is an optional co-curricular contest that any student who wishes to can enter.

“Programming is like learning a language,” says Hoel. “The more you use it, the better you will get. So it definitely helps if students do work outside of the classroom.”

Out of the 2,360 worldwide entrants in the junior competition, UCC students Robbie Knowles, Jack Douglas, Erik Vandenberg and Joseph Wu received certificates of distinction for scoring in the top 25 per cent.

Zack Nathan, Jack McKinney, Matthew Wang, Camran Hansen, Xing Yi Liu, Michael McGovern and Zhengbang Zhou also received certificates after finishing among the top 25 per cent of the 1,925 entrants in the senior competition.