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High School Students Pack Computer Lab for Annual Competition

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More than 200 high school students from Maryland and Virginia packed the computer labs at the University of Virginia on Saturday.

They were coding and programming in a high-stress computer science competition. The students worked in teams of four or five to solve multiple problems.

“To be a computer programmer you have a different skill set than other talents that you normally see in a high school environment,” high school teacher Brythe Samuels. “This gives these students a nice outlet to be competitive in their own way.”

In room after room students plowed through problems

“These problems are focused on what can you get a computer to do for us,” said Scasey Huang, a test administrator.

Their work is monitored through the computer system by college level judges. Scores are then quickly posted in each room so contestants can watch how their teams are doing against the others.

The energy and thrill of programming keeps these students coming back in droves.

“Every year they leave excited,” Samuels said. “Tired, but very challenged and encouraged to continue coding.”

This is the fourth year of the annual competition. In that short time, the number of participants has grown from 15 to 200. Organizers say next year there may even be a waiting list to get in.

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