Two Cypress Woods High School computer science teams placed among the top three of the University of Texas at Dallas ACM High School Programming Contest.
More than 60 teams from throughout the state represented their respective high schools, and were given three hours (180 minutes) to solve seven challenging problems.
Seniors Ben Lin and Nikoli Cartagena and junior Andrew Liu won first place in the Advanced Division, finishing all seven problems in just 56 minutes.
Junior Thomas Lam, senior Zach Richied and sophomore Darrin Wiley placed third in the Advanced Division, finishing all seven problems in 96 minutes.
“The UTD Computer Science professors were amazed by the efficiency of the Cy Woods teams,” said Stacey Armstrong, Cypress Woods computer science teacher and UIL academic coordinator. “ACM contests contain really hard problems, so finishing all problems with time to spare was quite an accomplishment for both teams. I am very proud of these young men and appreciate all of their hard work.”
Pictured, from left to right, are current students Nikoli Cartagena, Ben Lin, Andrew Liu, Zach Richied, Thomas Lam and Darrin Wiley; and Cypress Woods graduates Matt Darby and Nick Rohleder. Darby and Rohleder are UT-Dallas students who were part of Cypress Woods’ computer science team from 2008-2010. Rohleder was the 5A state champion in 2010.