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Young programmers compete for coding glory (and scholarships) in WVU Tech competition

Professor Don Smith stands in a lecture hall with four student competitors from the WVU Tech programming competition.

On Saturday, October 27, high schoolers from throughout Southern West Virginia visited campus for a day of coding at the fourth WVU Tech High School Programming Competition.

The daylong event tasked five teams with designing various computer programs to solve specific issues. To be successful, teams had to rely on their problem-solving and programming skills to solve ten different challenges.

The George Washington High School team of Eric Hamilton, Sana Khan and Will Snider landed the top spot, which included a $300 prize and $3,000-per-year scholarship offers for each of the students.

Capital High School’s Sullivan Steele, John Metzger and Will Manahan landed in second-place while Sachet Sachdeva and Cameron White from Shady Spring High School rounded out the top three with a third-place finish.

The competition was sponsored by the Carter Foundation. The event was organized by WVU Tech professor Sanish Rai and students from the WVU Tech chapter of the Association Computing Machinery.