BJU Programming Team Places 1st in Virtual Competition

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 2, 2020) – A Bob Jones University intercollegiate computer programming team placed first in the inaugural, virtual programming competition hosted by BJU Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The programming contest associated with the annual Consortium for Computing Sciences—Southeastern Region (CCSC-SE) regional conference will be held virtually Jan. 23, 2021. In preparation for that event, BJU’s computer science department hosted a practice contest to provide experience with the contest software and competition practice for programming teams that will be competing in January. Teams consisted of two to three contestants to provide the maximum number of students with contest experience. 

BJU (6), Furman University (1), Mercer University (4) and the University of South Carolina-Upstate (2) fielded 13 teams total. Scoring was based on the number of problems answered correctly.

The winning team, BJU Team 4, was comprised of junior Erick Ross of Greenville, South Carolina; senior Steven Platt of Carmel, Indiana.; and senior Elias Watson of Clearwater, Florida. Teams from Mercer University rounded out the top three. 

“COVID-19 has caused the canceling of several of our fall contests. Our students and those from the other schools were glad to have a chance to practice in a competition setting,” said Dr. Jim Knisely, head of BJU’s Department of Computer Science. “The testing of the new contest environment was a success. We look forward to using it during the Southeastern CCSC conference in January 2021.”

BJU has participated in the CCSC-SE programming contest since 2002. Contest management software (CMS) designed by BJU faculty and students has been used to manage the contest for about 15 years.

Full results may be viewed here.