University of Maryland 18th 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 2008 Contest took place Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the CSIC Building at the University of Maryland, College Park. 39 teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia competed in the contest.

A forum is available for teams to ask/answer questions and offer comments here.


Finish Prize School
lst $2500 Thomas Jefferson High School
2nd $1500 Montgomery Blair High School
3rd $1000 Annapolis High School
4th $1000 River Hill High School
5th $500 Richard Montgomery High School
6th $250 Broadneck High School
Gannon Prize* $500 Paul VI High School
Gannon Prize
(Honorable Mention)
Northwest 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, John Stange, Matt Katsouros (technical consultants)
  • Problem Developers and Contest Judges

  • Amol Deshpande
  • Bill Gasarch (problem developer)
  • Evan Golub
  • David Mount
  • Martin Paraskevov
  • Chau-Wen Tseng (contest director)
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations are donating money or services to support the 2008 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