University of Maryland 21st 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 2011 Contest took place April 2nd, 2011 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 $1800 Thomas Jefferson High School
2nd $1400 Montgomery Blair High School
3rd $800 McLean High School
4th $500 Marriotts Ridge High School
5th $500 Thomas Wootton School
6th $500 Winston Churchill High School
Gannon Prize* $500 McLean High School
Gannon Prize
Honorable Mention
Glenelg 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 Problems & Solutions

Contest Pictures

Contest Environment

Contest Rules

Previous Contests

Contest Organizers

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

  • Amol Deshpande (contest director)
  • Bill Gasarch (problem developer)
  • Evan Golub
  • Mohammad Hajiaghayi
  • Carl Kingsford (problem developer)
  • Vahid Liaghat
  • Dave Mount
  • Chau-Wen Tseng
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations are donating money or services to support the 2011 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