A team of UALR student computer programmers won first place in the recent Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) statewide programming contest held at UALR. Thirteen teams representing seven schools in Arkansas competed, and the UALR team of Keenan Gillispie, Ashley Morris and Jesse Hyde finished first with five problems solved.
A team from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith solved four problems to finish second. Other schools represented in the contest were the University of Central Arkansas, Southern Arkansas University, Hendrix College, Harding University and Ouachita BaptistUniversity.
Of the 143 teams competing in the Mid-South Region, UALR’s Gillsipie, Morris and Hyde finished 15th. A team from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville finished second at a different site and 24th in the region.
“This marks the third consecutive statewide programming contest that a UALR team has won,” noted Dr. Keith Bush, the UALR faculty mentor for the team. “Our teams won the ACM contest last year as well as the most recent Acxiom programming contest.”
Thirty-nine students and seven coaches were at UALR for the contest. A second UALR team – Harry Hull, Thomas Mears and Brad Jones – also competed.