Computer Science Students Place High in National Competition

Senior Ethan Jaszewski, and juniors Eric Bear and Greg Cain recently travelled to Newbury Park, CA to compete in the All Star American Computer Science League (ACSL).  The boys qualified for the All Star contest after taking first place in the Western Division, which included teams from California, Washington, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma.

It was a first for Colorado Academy, as the team’s combined score earned them a 6th place finish at the National Intermediate level. Over 200 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia participate in the four contests throughout the year. However, only the top teams in each region are invited to the All Star Contest.

To earn the 6th place finish, the students competed hard in a 3-hour group programming challenge and then in a one-hour individual short answer contest. Jaszewski also received an individual award for scoring a perfect 40 points over the four contests.

ACSL group on campus is made up of very dedicated ninth-through-twelfth grade students – seniors Ethan Jaszewski, Brison Mondry, Grace Dorgan, Eric Masinter, and Noah Mushkin; juniors Eric Bear, Greg Cain, and Cooper Bedin; sophomores Sal Husain and Will Smart; and freshmen Jasmine Bilir and Delany Troyer — who meet every C day to learn new CS material.