LA PLATA, Md. (May 13, 2010)—The La Plata High School Computer Bowl team won first place in a Java programming competition held April 16 at Montgomery College.
The team earned the top spot with 101 points at the advanced programming level, in which 11 teams demonstrated their mastery of Java, or computer programming language, programming and problem-solving skills. Teams of two competed at either the introductory or advanced programming levels.
The first place team from La Plata consisted of Williams Hicks, senior, and Alexander Smith, freshman.
Teams from North Point and Thomas Stone high schools also placed in the advanced programming category. The North Point team earned fourth place with 74 points, and the team from Stone came in fifth place with 72 points.
The team from North Point consisted of juniors Erin Chapman and Nicholas Teleky and Stone juniors Devin Battle and Emmett Fowler competed as a team.
More than 20 teams competed in the event, which featured student teams from Charles and Montgomery counties. This is the first year the event, sponsored by Montgomery College, was open to schools outside of Montgomery County.