RIVERSIDE – Middle and high school students were introduced to the competitive world of coding at the 2019 Riverside County Programming Competition held April 6. After three hours of debugging several coding problems, the top programmers emerged victorious from a field of 90 participants.
The results were as follows:
High School Individual
1st Ansh Srivastava – Corona-Norco Unified, John F. Kennedy Middle College High
2nd Nicholas Falcon – Desert Sands Unified, Palm Desert High
3rd Noe Martinez – Corona-Norco Unified, Centennial High
High School Teams
1st Tobias Fischer, Sevan Evans, Samuel Raumin, Ruchit Patel – Desert Sands Unified, Palm Desert High
2nd Dararith Sao, Anthony Villegas, William Chen, Vincent Alexander – Corona-Norco Unified, Centennial High
3rd Moti Urga Kadin Hickey – Moreno Valley Unified, Valley View High
Middle School Individual
1st Emiliano Melendrez – Moreno Valley Unified, Palm Middle
2nd Aubrey Glancy – Moreno Valley Unified, Towngate Elementary
3rd Andrik Rodriguez – Perris Union High, Pinacate Middle
Middle School Teams
1st Mario Avery Castelo, Enzo Angelo Cayetano, Malinda Jin, Maddison Chau – Moreno Valley Unified, Palm Middle
2nd Natalie Chun, Carlos Marquez, Janeth Gomez – Moreno Valley Unified, Palm Middle
3rd Miguel Medina, Christopher Vallejos – Moreno Valley Unified, Palm Middle
“We are thrilled with the success of our first coding competition and want to congratulate all students and their coaches who participated,” said Dr. Dennis Large, Director of Educational Technology for RCOE. “We are also extremely grateful to Cal Poly Pomona and UC Riverside for their expertise and enthusiasm in launching this competition.”
For the last month and a half, competitors have been working on weekly sets of problems developed by Cal Poly Pomona and UC Riverside as practice for the contest. The problems were presented in an order of ascending difficulty to allow for student success and challenge. Participants used HackerRank, a technology hiring platform that is the standard for assessing developer skills, to work through the questions. By using this specific platform, students gain experience using the software platform used in the interview process.
Middle and high school students competed in their respective age divisions in either individual or team categories. Teams consisted of two, three or four students. Districts participating in the inaugural competition include Corona-Norco, Desert Sands, Hemet, Jurupa, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Perris Union, Temecula Valley, and Val Verde.
“We look forward to doubling the participation next year,” stated Dr. Large. “With such a great first-year and the level of enthusiasm, I know the participation will grow significantly.”
He also stated his team looks forward to partnering with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools to assist with launching a San Bernardino county-level programming competition.
Because of the importance of technology and its impact on education, RCOE and Riverside Unified School District will be hosting the first-ever Computer Science Community Summit on May 11 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Riverside County Office of Education. The event is free and open to the public and will feature the winners from the 2019 Programming Competition, a student showcase of award-winning computer science education highlights, and workshops for students and families. To register for the event visit, http://rcoe.k12oms.org/1420-159076