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Team Finishes in Second Place Out of Twelve Teams

Allentown, PA (May 2, 2005) – The Cedar Crest College computer programming team took second place in the Spring Programming Contest at Dickinson College which was held on April 16, 2005. This is the best finish ever for the team who has competed in two competitions per year for the past five years.

While computer programming competitions of varying sizes are held throughout the world annually and bring out powerhouse teams like Virginia Tech and Duke, this local contest, and others like it nationwide, are held to give smaller schools more competitive experience. “Cedar Crest does participate in the Association for Computing Machinery’s huge annual competition and has consistently finished in the top half of our division,” says Norman Lippincott, assistant professor of information sciences and advisor to the Cedar Crest team. “But this contest at Dickinson really lets our programmers compete and, in a field largely dominated by males, the team’s achievement this year is something to be very proud of.”

In the contest, the teams were presented with a set of six problems of varying difficulty. The team solving the most problems during the four-hour contest wins. The Cedar Crest team correctly solved four of the six problems, as did the winner, Lebanon Valley College. The total time taken for each problem was used as a tie-breaker.

This year the team’s members are all seniors who have participated in past competitions. “I think that our past experience really helped our team to approach this year’s competition in a new way,” says Marjorie Cloak, a computer science major who will graduate in May. “Our team has reached a point where we know our individual strengths, and trust the others on the team to apply those strengths. That allowed us to break out parts of problems, or entire problems, and work on them individually, in parallel, and then come together to complete them and have a successful finish.”

The Cedar Crest College team members are Marjorie Cloak ’05 (Emmaus, PA), Heather Cook ’05 (Baltimore, MD) and Vanessa Villaverde ’05 (Allentown, PA).

Other schools competing were Dickinson College, Hood College, Messiah College, Penn State Harrisburg, and Shippensburg University.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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