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Computer science students take first, third place at programming contest

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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. Competing in a field of 11 teams at the advanced level of the competition, North Central’s team of Andrew McMahon ’10, Philip Viso ’10 and Jeremy Lee ’10 (photo, l. to r.) correctly solved all seven problems in the shortest time to take first place. A second team of  Tucker Graczkowski ’12, Pero Atanasov ’11, Jonathan Rascher ’12 and Kelvin Guilbault ’12 (photo, l. to r., Guilbault not shown) 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, associate professor of computer science and team coach, accompanied the students to the competition.