Mas­ter­mind with the mas­ter plan

Cape Times - - NEWS - Siyavuya Mzantsi

FAIR­BAIRN Col­lege Grade 10 pupil Taariq Mowzer has been crowned the win­ner of the 34th South African Com­puter Pro­gram­ming Olympiad.

The 16 year old com­peted against 12 other fi­nal­ists and spent two days writ­ing six prob­lem-solv­ing com­puter pro­grams.

His so­lu­tion to the the Mas­ter­mind prob­lem gave him the edge to win the pres­ti­gious Stan­dard Bank Tro­phy and a gold medal. Fol­low­ing Mowzer in sec­ond place was Stel­len­bosch High Grade 11 pupil Tian Cil­liers and Ralph McDougall, a Grade 11 pupil from Curro Dur­banville. King David Vic­tory Park (Gaut­eng) Grade 12 pupil Jor­dan Aren­stein along with Woodridge Col­lege (East­ern Cape) Grade 12 pupil Donal Davies and Park­lands Col­lege ma­tric pupil Emile Tre­doux shared the third place.

A to­tal of 227 schools from all nine prov­inces par­tic­i­pated in the first round.

Yes­ter­day Mowzer said: “I was quite over­joyed when I found out that I came first in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I was told af­ter­wards that I only took the lead in the last 15 min­utes of the Day 2 pa­per.

“I’ve known how to pro­gram for a while now, so the train­ing for the Olympiad equated to learn­ing al­go­rithms and im­ple­ment­ing them quickly.

“Luck­ily the week be­fore the Olympiad was the school hol­i­days; in which I did a five-hour pa­per every day. The com­pe­ti­tion was chal­leng­ing but fun over­all.

“I hope to par­tic­i­pate and do well again next year.”

Com­puter sci­en­tist and au­thor of 16 books on com­puter lan­guages Dr Ju­dith Bishop was a guest speaker at the awards cer­e­mony.

PROB­LEM SOLVED: Fair­bairn Col­lege Grade 10 pupil Taariq Mowzer and Stan­dard Bank head of in­vest­ment bank­ing tech­nol­ogy Nicole Borges at the South African Com­puter Pro­gram­ming Olympiad award cer­e­mony.

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