SMECO newsletter

volume 67 - issue 4 - April 2017

High School Computer Bowl winners announced

Volunteer judges from Booz Allen Hamilton, the College of Southern Maryland, and SMECO score the tests for the 28th annual Southern Maryland High School Computer Bowl on March 4.

SMECO sponsored the 28th annual Southern Maryland High School Computer Bowl on March 4 at North Point High School in Waldorf. This year's Computer Bowl event featured nearly 70 young computer experts in a test of their coding skills and technical knowledge. Sponsors for the annual competition are SMECO, the College of Southern Maryland, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the public school systems of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties.

Electric utilities like SMECO depend heavily on computerization to help keep the lights on for their customers. Utilities also depend on technology experts who know how to create and maintain software programs that ensure that all computerized systems run efficiently. Encouraging the programmers of tomorrow is the goal of the Southern Maryland High School Computer Bowl.

Eighteen teams from eight high schools in Southern Maryland faced challenging literacy and programming tests. In the first round of the competition, students took a written test of their knowledge of computer history, hardware, and software. In the second round, teams of three to four students created computer programs to solve specific problems, using programming languages such as Java and Python. Charles County Public Schools equipped each team with two laptops for the programming portion of the competition.

Winners received plaques and trophies. SMECO awarded gift cards to the top four teams. The College of Southern Maryland also provided the first-place winners with performance awards.

Booz Allen Hamilton employees Janet Bondelid, Alan Cooper, Janet Cooper, Carrie Dalton, Whitney Dillard, Chad Kilgore, Laurie Lawrence, Justin Mehl, and Doug Sanborn served as judges for the competition, along with Joe Burgin from the College of Southern Maryland. Lora Bennett and John Stine with Charles County Public Schools developed the literacy and programming tests used in the competition.

First-place team, Northern High School

First-place winners, from Northern High School, are (from left) Justen Serrao, Kyle Hurley, Will Longsworth, Michael Lindsey, and coach Victoria Longsworth.

Second-place team, Huntingtown High School

Second-place winners, from Huntingtown High School, are (from left) Zach Sims, Brian Holt, coach Tom Currier, John Murray, and Brandon Jackson.

Third-place team, Huntingtown High School

Third-place winners, from Huntingtown High School, are (from left) Jimmy Nguyen, Brayden Archer, coach Tom Currier, Emily Desverreaux, and Kirsi Arnesen.