Gun­ston School coders com­pete at Cod­e­quest

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CENTREVILLE — The Gun­ston School sent a team of four com­puter science stu­dents to Bethesda on Satur­day, April 30, where they com­peted in a national Java prob­lem-solv­ing con­test called Cod­e­Quest, at the in­vi­ta­tion of Aerospace and soft­ware com­pany Lock­heed Martin.

Cod­e­Quest is a com­puter pro­gram­ming com­pe­ti­tion con­sist­ing of 15 to 20 questions cre­ated by Lock­heed Martin en­gi­neers and com­puter pro­gram­mers. Teams work to­gether for 2.5 hours to an­swer the questions and com­plete the Quest. The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two di­vi­sions, novice and ad­vanced. The Gun­ston team com­peted in the ad­vanced di­vi­sion against teams from 25 other schools.

The team was also in­vited to ap­ply for in­tern­ships at Lock­heed Martin, and had a chance to meet se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from the com­pany, in­clud­ing CIO Anne Mullins.

“I was very pleased with their work, es­pe­cially un­der the pres­sure of com­pe­ti­tion,” said coach Joe Thomp­son. “They fin­ished in the mid­dle of the ad­vanced cat­e­gory of teams, and should be proud of that re­sult.” The ad­vanced di­vi­sion was won by a team from Woot­ton High School in Rockville.

Gun­ston has al­ready been in­vited to re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion next year.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left are Gun­ston stu­dents Lila Inger­soll of Chestertown, Kevin Zhao of Centreville, Garrett Ru­dolfs of Centreville and Adam Blades of Trappe.

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