SMECO sponsors 21st regional Computer Bowl
More than 90 young computer experts participated in a contest of knowledge and skill during the 21st Annual Southern Maryland Regional Computer Bowl, held March 6 at Theodore G. Davis Middle School in Waldorf. Sponsors for the Computer Bowl are SMECO, the College of Southern Maryland, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the public school systems of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.
Twenty-three teams from 11 high schools in Southern Maryland faced the challenging literacy and programming tests in the Computer Bowl. In the first round of the competition, students took a written test of their computer literacy. In the second round, teams of three to four students created computer programs to solve specific problems, using programming languages such as Java and Visual BASIC. Charles County Public Schools equips each team with two laptops for the programming portion of the competition.
Winners received plaques, trophies, and U.S. Savings Bonds. System Planning Corporation awarded calculator rulers to the team members who placed third and fourth. Booz Allen Hamilton awarded computer backpacks to each of the students in the top two teams, and members of the first-place team also received $500 performance awards from the College of Southern Maryland.
First Place: La Plata High School took first place in the Southern Maryland Regional High School Computer Bowl. Pictured from left are team members Matt Koontz, Mike Diley, William Hicks, and Alex Smith, and coach Richard Williams.
Second Place: The second-place winners, from Northern High School, are (from left) Bryan Ek, Eric Butler, Keegan Lee, Mary Beth Kery, and coach Eric Stroh.
Third Place: The third-place winners, from Huntingtown High School, are (from left) Robbie Jackson, Benjamin Arocho, Bryant O’Brien, and David Lavezzo, and coach Tom Currier.