University of Maryland 19th 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 2009 Contest took place March 28th, 2009 at the CSIC Building at the University of Maryland, College Park. Teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia took part in the contest.

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

Contest Schedule

9am Registration
10:15am Welcome & Overview
10:30am Practice Session
11:45am Lunch
1-4pm Contest
4:10pm Refreshments
4:30-5pm Award Ceremony


Finish Prize School
lst $2000 Montgomery Blair High School
2nd $1500 Annapolis High School
3rd $1000 Thomas Jefferson High School
4th $500 River Hill High School
5th $500 Howard High School
6th $500 Richard Montgomery High School
Gannon Prize* $500 St. Albans High School
Gannon Prize
(Honorable Mention)
Hammond 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

  • Bill Gasarch (problem developer)
  • Evan Golub
  • Jeff Hollingsworth (practice session)
  • Carl Kingsford
  • Chau-Wen Tseng (contest director)
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations are donating money or services to support the 2009 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