McKendree Computing Students Fare Well at ACM Competition

Lebanon, Ill. — Six McKendree University students from the Division of Computing competed in the Midwest Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) student programming contest held at Webster University on Nov. 2. Two One of the two McKendree teams finished second in the competition.

Overall, 139 teams participated in the Mid-Central USA Regional, with 13 teams competing at Webster. In addition to McKendree, students represented Principia College, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Saint Louis University, Webster University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Lindenwood University.

The McKendree team of Austin Heller, Kevin Schaefer and Caitlin O'Brien finished second of the 13 teams at Webster and 22nd overall in the Mid-Central USA Regional. Mitch Walker, Jon Samples and Kyle Hinterser finished eighth at Webster and 57th overall. It is the best showing McKendree students have had at the competition, according to Dr. Jim Feher, professor of computer science and computer information systems.

Placing first and second in the Midwest were teams from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, which will represent the region at the World Championships held in Russia.