A Goessel High School graduate was a member of a Bethel College team that, for the second time in four years, placed first out of all Kansas schools competing in the ACM North Central Regional Programming Contest Nov. 11 at Emporia State University.
ACM stands for Association of Computing Machinery.
Peter Goerzen, now a senior at Bethel, was a member of the winning team. Tyler Huntley, Bethel senior from Goessel, also participated in the competition on a second Bethel team.
Goerzen’s team placed 17th out of around 180 teams from 66 schools competing. This was Bethel’s best showing in its history of participation in the contest.
The north central region covers Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, western Ontario and Manitoba.
The annual programming competition is dominated by large universities-the top six finishing teams came from the Universities of Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
In the programming contest, each team consists of three programmers. They are given one computer, nine problems and five hours in which to solve them.
Also competing for Bethel were Matt Beth, sophomore from Newton, Kyle Claassen, freshman from Andover, Nathan Eigsti, senior from Hesston, and Alex Unruh, senior from Valley Center.