Students Place at Computer Programming Competition
Covenant College left its mark on the Southeastern conference for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges at Furman University in South Carolina. Back for the second year, Covenant brought two teams to the conference’s programming competition. Arthur Anderson ’14, John Holland ’14, Chris Lenk ’14, and Drew Moriarty ’14 made up a team of seniors. The freshman and sophomore team included Tim DeVries ’17, Nick Gilbert ’17, Archer McNeill ’16, and Keith Rice ’16.
After recruiting the two teams, Dr. Jeff Humphries, associate professor of computer science, coached the students in programming practices using questions from previous competitions. The teams met and worked on programming to solve for the practice problems.
“It’s a bit more realistic to work as a team rather than individually. There are few solo projects in software engineering,” said Nick Gilbert. “It’s a good learning experience to try to work together to get something done when everyone has a different idea of how to do it.”
Out of 30 teams, the freshman and sophomore team earned a top-10 finish at the competition after working through problems of varying difficulties together as a team.
“Covenant placed in the top 10, which is really great for a new team (none of those on the winning team had competed before),” said Dr. Humphries. “The students were phenomenal and I was extremely impressed with their teamwork and problem solving skills. They are anxious to compete again and we are looking for other venues to make that happen soon.”