University of Maryland 22nd 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 several programming problems in Java, using the Eclipse programming environment, on Apple iBooks.

The 2012 Contest took place April 21st, 2012 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 Montgomery Blair High School
2nd $1000 Thomas Jefferson High School
3rd $800 La Plata High School
4th $500 Poolesville High School
5th $500 Thomas Wootton School
6th $400 Winston Churchill High School
Gannon Prize* $500 Poolesville 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)
  • Geoff Ransom, James Phongsuwan (technical consultants)
  • Kathy MacLeod (art design)
  • Problem Developers and Contest Judges

  • Amol Deshpande (contest director)
  • Bill Gasarch (problem developer)
  • Evan Golub
  • Mohammad Hajiaghayi
  • Reza Khani (problem developer)
  • Samir Khuller (problem developer)
  • Dave Mount
  • Chau-Wen Tseng
  • Sponsors

    The following corporations and organizations are donating money or services to support the 2012 UMD High School Programming Contest.

  • Dept. of Computer Science, University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
  • UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS)
  • Papa John's