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March 3, 2010—Seven computer science students from North Central College excelled in a recent programming contest.
Three students claimed first place and four took third place in the advanced level of competition at the 2010 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) contest Feb. 20 at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights.
Competing in a field of 11 teams, North Central’s squad of seniors Andrew McMahon of Crystal Lake, Philip Viso of Woodridge and Jeremy Lee of Lisle correctly solved all seven problems in the shortest time to take first place.
A second team of junior Pero Atanasov of Aurora and sophomores Tucker Graczkowski of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Jonathan Rascher of West Chicago and Kelvin Guilbault of Franklin, Wis., solved six problems to take third place.
At this annually held competition, teams of up to four students sharing a single computer work together to design and write programs to solve a set of problems. Teams are rated by the number of problems solved correctly and by the amount of time taken to produce the solutions. To be successful, team members must be able to think quickly, work well together and possess superb problem-solving and programming skills. The competition has two divisions: a novice division for students with one year of programming or less and an advanced division for all other students.
Godfrey Muganda of Bolingbrook, associate professor of computer science at North Central, coached the team and accompanied the students to the competition.
Computer science is among 55 majors offered at North Central College. Degrees include bachelor of arts in computer science, bachelor of science in computer science, integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree and a master of science in Web and Internet applications.
North Central College graduates enter the workforce as programmers, database designers, network administrators, web developers and other careers. Visit http://depts.noctrl.edu/computer_science/ to learn more.