More Than 100 High School Students Compete in Computer Science Day at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Mar 19 2013

Ten students from central Indiana were honored recently as winners of the 2013 Computer Science Day Competition at IUPUI.

The competition this year saw the largest pool of high school students to ever participate. More than 100 students competed Friday, March 15, in three categories: programming and problem solving, web development and game programming.

Winners for 2013 include:

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  • First Place: Katie Percival, Hamilton Southeastern High School
  • Second Place: Andrew Pronschinske and Mikaylah Gross, Westfield

Problem Solving Contest 1

  • First: Jerry Ma, West Lafayette
  • Second: Nathan Mytelka and Catherine Mytelka, Park Tudor
  • Third: Jason Zhao and John Havlik, Park Tudor

Problem Solving Contest 2

  • First: Andrew Miller and Philip Meyers, Lebanon
  • Second: Justin Garrard and Brandon Lowery, Lebanon
  • Third: Jason Sheingold and Mark Sparzo, Hamilton Southeastern

Game Programming

  • First: Jonathan Warner and Joseph Sweeney, Cardinal Ritter
  • Second: Griffin Tennent and Tommy DeNardo, Westfield
  • Third: Garret Reisenhauer and Jake Smith, Fishers

“Events like Computer Science Day at IUPUI are significant in the development of the young people who are going to continue to move this field forward,” said Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Computer and Information Science Department at IUPUI.

“Computer science is essential to the growth of nearly every industry with a focus on the better use of technology,” Fang added. “With more than 20 percent growth in computer science jobs predicted for the next 10 years, it’s important programs like ours at IUPUI continue to train and educate people to fill these high-paying, high-demand positions.” 

Through tests involving programming and problem solving, web development and game programming, students in grades 9-12 came away from the competition with a deeper understanding of teamwork, software tools and deadlines associated with today’s computer science industry. 

The keynote speaker at this year’s event was Robert Reed, founder and CEO of RCR Technology Corp., a local information technology consulting firm and one of the leading minority owned businesses in Indiana.

For more information, visit the Department of Computer and Information Science.