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Coding in COVID: Aces host 5th Annual "code-LM" Programming Competition
Coding in COVID: Aces host 5th Annual "code-LM" Programming Competition

More than 150 students from 30 different high schools across ten states recently participated in Lower Merion High School's fifth annual codeLM – a programming competition where young computer science enthusiasts are tasked with solving a series of challenging problem sets using a variety of coding languages like Java, Python and C++. This all-virtual event, presented in partnership with Susquehanna International Group (SIG), was organized by seniors Keene Brogan, Sam Hecht, Alex Zhang and Ben Warren; juniors Jonathan Xu, Phillip Gao, Simon Roling and Chris Jarocha; 2017 LMHS alumni Noah Rubin; and Computer Science teachers Tom Swope and Justin Mansor.

In this year's iteration of codeLM, teams of students worked their way through a digital gauntlet of twelve puzzling problem sets written about technical issues surrounding the fictional company New Wave Computer's Casino Night. Solutions were written in the three aforementioned coding languages and assessed student's understanding of a wide range of programming concepts such as string manipulation, recursion and arrays. Lower Merion and Harriton students performed well at the event, placing second in the Intermediate and Advanced divisions, and third in the Expert division.

Intermediate Division – 2nd Place

  • Joseph Cicalese (LMHS/Grade 9), Thaddeus Kiker (HHS/Grade 10), Harold Mack (HHS/Grade 10)

Advanced Division – 2nd Place

  • Ari Steinfeld (LMHS/Grade 10), Andy Sun – (LMHS/Grade 10), Mark Lancaster – (LMHS/Grade 10)

Expert Division – 3rd Place

  • Jonathan Zhang – (LMHS/Grade 12), Sasha Murray (LMHS/Grade 9)

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