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KPS-KAMSC Students Top Saginaw Programming Contest

Kalamazoo Central High School Senior Anthony Alvarez and Loy Norrix High School junior Benjamin Whitsett took the top prize in the Association for Computing Machinery High School Programming Contest held at Saginaw Valley State University in March. 

The first-place duo was part of a group of 49 Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center computer science students who participated in the event, which was the first in-person competition for students in two years. The team is coached by KAMSC computer science teacher Shannon Houtrouw. 

Alvarez and Whitsett finished the entire set of 10 problems in just over 90 minutes and were the only team to do so. This was the second collaboration between Alvarez and Whitsett. In November, they teamed up for the Michigan State University Virtual High School Programming Contest, handily winning that event as well. 

The Top 10 teams of two or three students were recognized at the end of the contest. The Top 3 placing teams were awarded electronic devices. KAMSC had seven teams finish in the Top 10. All 17 KAMSC teams correctly solved at least one problem. The KPS competitors, along with their final rank and number of correct solves were: 

1st place: KC senior Anthony Alvarez and Norrix junior Benjamin Whitsett (10/10 solves) 

5th: KC junior Alex Salinas (8)

7th: KC junior Evan McDermott (7) 

9th: Norrix senior Evan Teal (7) 

13th: KC seniors Abigail Houtrouw and Emily Nguyen (5) 

23th: KC senior Evelyn Roth (4) 

27th: KC junior Ava Moaiery (3) 

39th: Norrix sophomore Vivienne Chapman (2)