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Annual high school programming contest Nov. 5 at Kansas State University

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014



MANHATTAN — More than 260 students from nearly 30 Kansas high schools will participate in the 23rd annual High School Programming Contest at Kansas State University.

The contest, sponsored by the university's computing and information sciences department, will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Ballroom at the K-State Student Union.

For the contest, high schools have formed teams of one to four members. Teams are divided into beginning and advanced divisions, said Ami Ratzlaff, program coordinator for the computing and information sciences department.

The contest takes place in five rounds. In each round teams are given a problem to solve in a limited amount of time while using a type of programming language. Teams are awarded points depending on how quickly they solve the problem, and points are tallied at the end of the five rounds to decide the winners.

The problems are designed by Rod Howell, associate professor, and David Gustafson, professor, of computing and information sciences. Around 40-50 Kansas State University students volunteer to help with the event or serve as judges.

High schools participating at this year's event include:

Andover High School and Andover Central High School, Andover; Basehor-Linwood High School, Basehor; Clay Center Community High School, Clay Center; Clearwater High School, Clearwater; Goddard High School, Goddard.

From Greater Kansas City: Olathe East High School, Olathe; Blue Valley Southwest High School, Blue Valley West High School, Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission South High School, all in Overland Park; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; and Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee.

Hill City High School, Hill City; South Barber High School, Kiowa; Maize High School, Maize; Flint Hills Christian School and Manhattan High School, both in Manhattan; Central Heights High School, Richmond; Salina South High School, Salina; Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie.

From Wichita: Wichita Heights High School, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, Wichita Northwest High School, Wichita North High School, Wichita South High School; Wichita Southeast High School and Wichita West High School.

For more information about the contest, contact Ratzlaff at 785-532-6350 or amiable@k-state.edu.


Ami Ratzlaff


Computing and information sciences department

News tip

Andover, Basehor, Clay Center, Clearwater, Goddard, Hill City, Kiowa, Maize, Manhattan, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Richmond, Salina, Shawnee, Tonganoxie and Wichita

Written by

Beth Bohn

At a glance

Kansas State University's computing and information sciences department is sponsoring the 23rd annual High School Programming Contest on Nov. 5 at the K-State Student Union.