University of Maryland 16th 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 Java, using the Eclipse programming environment, on Apple iBooks.

The 2006 Contest took place Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the CSIC Building at the University of Maryland, College Park. 35 teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia competed in the contest.

The Department of Computer Science sponsors a free summer program for high school students to learn Java. You may find details here.


Finish Prize School
lst $2500 Thomas Jefferson High School
2nd $2000 Montgomery Blair High School
3rd $1000 Winston Churchill High School
4th $800 Paint Branch High School
5th $400 Thomas Wooton High School
6th $300 Woodrow Wilson High School
Gannon Prize* $500 Stone Bridge High School
Gannon Prize
(Honorable Mention)
Long Reach High School

*The Gannon prize is awarded to the most-improved school in memory of John Gannon, former chair of the Computer Science department and an enthusiastic supporter of the UMD High School Programming Contest.


Contest Problem & Solutions

Contest Teams

Contest Pictures

Contest Environment

Contest Rules

Previous Contests

Contest Organizers

  • Brenda Chick (facilities & contest coordinator)
  • Pat Ipavich (director of administration)
  • Kathy MacLeod (art design)
  • Brad Plecs, Geoff Ransom, Matt Katsouros (technical consultants)
  • Problem Developers and Contest Judges

  • Amol Deshpande
  • Bill Gasarch (problem developer)
  • Evan Golub (problem developer)
  • David Mount
  • Vibha Sazawal
  • Neil Spring
  • Chau-Wen Tseng (contest director)
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations are donating money or services to support the 2006 UMD High School Programming Contest.

  • Dept. of Computer Science, University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
  • University of Maryland CMPS Undergraduate Education (STAND)
  • Papa John's