University of Maryland 13th Annual High School Programming Contest

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The UMD High School Programming Contest brings talented students from high schools throughout the DC metropolitan area to the campus to participate in a three hour competition. Students competing in teams of four demonstrate their programming skills and problem solving abilities by attempting to solve eight programming problems in C++.

The 2003 Contest took place Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the A.V. Williams and CSIC Buildings at the University of Maryland, College Park. Thirty-three teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia competed in the contest.


Finish Prize School
lst $3000 Microsoft Prize Thomas Jefferson High School
2nd $2000 Montgomery Blair High School
3rd $1500 Atholton High School
4th $1000 Towson High School
5th $900 Eleanor Roosevelt High School
6th $800 Centennial High School
7th $700 River Hill High School
8th $600 C. Milton Wright High School
9th $500 Gannon Prize* Northern High School

* We awarded a Gannon Prize to the school which improved the most this year (excluding the top three). The prize is awarded in memory of John Gannon, former chair of the CS department. John was an enthusiastic and firm supporter of the programming contest.


Contest Questions and Answers

Contest Teams

Contest Environment

Contest Rules

Previous Contests

Contest Organizers

  • Jordan Landes (librarian & contest coordinator)
  • Pat Ipavich (director of administration)
  • Amir Khella (art design)
  • Rob Sherwood (technical director)
  • Problem Developers and Contest Judges

  • Sudarshan Chawathe
  • Bill Gasarch
  • Evan Golub
  • Dave Mount
  • Chau-Wen Tseng (contest director)
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations donated money or services to support the 2003 UMD High School Programming Contest.

  • Microsoft
  • Dell
  • Papa John's
  • University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
  • Dept. of Computer Science, University of Maryland