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Dordt students take first and second place in computer programming contest

November 27, 2013

Two Dordt College teams participated in this year’s regional Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest sponsored by IBM. The three-person teams came away with first and second place finishes from a field of 14 teams from Briar Cliff University, Buena Vista University, Northwestern College, and University of South Dakota.

The first-place team, The Flaming Tasers, consisted of Nathan Hekman (Ripon, California), Joseph Van Den Berg (Waupun, Wisconsin), and Steve Spurgeon (La Valle, Wisconsin). The second-place team, The Recursive Raptors, consisted of Craig Disselkoen (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Adam Van Hal (Leighton, Iowa), and Mark Dadisman (West Des Moines, Iowa).

The contest pits teams of three higher education students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors raced the clock in a battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance. The winning teams were those that solved the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least amount of time.

“The problems we were faced with are difficult and required ingenuity and creativity,” said Craig Disselkoen. “I loved the challenge and enjoyed working as part of a team.”

This is the 12th time Dordt College has been in the competition. Their region had 260 teams in the competition. Overall Dordt finished in the top 30 percent with 64th and 76th positions.

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