HPU Students Compete In 'Battle Of The Brains' Contest

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 10, 2010 – A select group of students from High Point University recently competed in an Olympic battle of the brains by participating in the regional portion of the 35th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest – otherwise known as “The Battle of the Brains.” The regional contest was held on the Duke University campus on Nov. 6.

The contest pitted 158 teams from schools around the region – some of which include Duke University, John Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Maryland and Wake Forest University ? against one another for the chance to compete in the World Finals roster, which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Feb. 27 through March 4, 2011. Only 100 teams from around the world will compete in the final contest.

Each team was given eight problems to solve in five hours on one computer. Ultimately, the winning team ? a group from Duke University ? solved five of the eight problems.

Roger Shore, associate professor of math and computer science, served as adviser to the HPU teams.

The four HPU teams included: Samantha Allen, Alex Palmer and Zachary Shore; Thomas Langford, Kevin Sanders and Christian Weigandt; Thomas Bringar, Max Flicker and Alex Miller; and Bill Frasure, Andrew Proctor and Aaron Robinson.

For more information about the contest, visit www.acmicpc.org.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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