BU to host local high school students in contest

BU to host local high school students in contest

For immediate release: April 7, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Approximately 250 high school students will participate in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's 14th annual High School Programming Contest on Tuesday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until noon in Kehr Union Ballroom. Awards will be given at 1 p.m., including a BU scholarship.

Participating local high schools include: Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School, Southern Columbia High School and Central Columbia High School.

Also participating are: Emmaus High School, Emmaus; Conrad Weiser High School, Robesonia; Parkland Senior High School, Allentown; G.A.R. Memorial Junior Senior High School, Wilkes-Barre; Antietam Middle-Senior High School, Reading; Tunkhannock Area High School, Tunkhannock; Susquenita High School, Duncannon; North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School, Ashland; Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational-Technical School, Mechanicsburg.

Monroe Career and Technical Institute, Bartonsville; North Pocono High School, Moscow; Hazleton Area High School, Hazleton; Nazareth Area High School, Nazareth; Wyoming Valley West High School, Kingston; Crestwood High School, Mountain Top; Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre; and Wyoming Seminary College Prep, Kingston.

The contest's objective is to work through a booklet, completing problems which are designed to be solved by using the computer programs C++ and Java. Students have organized themselves into teams of four, and the teams that finish the most problems will be named the winners.

More information is available from Drue Coles, assistant professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, at dcoles@bloomu.edu or (570) 389-4626 and at the contest's Web site, http://department.bloomu.edu/mathcompscistats/Contest.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

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