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Montana Tech Students Top Programmers


Four student computer programming teams from Montana Tech competed in the Montana qualifying Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest this past weekend on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. Montana Tech’s teams placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th among a field of 10 teams from Carroll College and Montana State University. The 1st place team consisted of Mitchell Meyer and Justin Emge. Other representatives from Tech were Reid Alford, Nick Broden, Tony Morasco, Haythem Memmi, William Flynn, Steve Wilson, Cade Foster, Jon Wareham, and Jake Jones.

The contest challenges student teams to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex computer science problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. At the competition, the teams were given five problems to solve with a goal of solving as many problems as possible during the contest period. The solutions to the problems must be submitted as programs in one of the programming languages Java, C, or C++.

As the winning team, Montana Tech will compete at a regional competition site at the University of Utah on Saturday, October 27th. Prior to heading to the competition in Bozeman, the Montana Tech teams practiced ever Thursday afternoon, and held debriefings on Monday afternoon. The programming competition team coaches, Frank Ackerman and Keith Vertanen are pleased not only with Saturday’s performance, but that there is now enough interest that students are competing fiercely to be members of the other two teams Tech will send to the University of Utah.