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Two teams of Trinity student programmers proved themselves to be among the region's best during the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area's annual computer science programming contest held February 8 at Wheaton College.

Senior Evan VanderZee (South Holland, Illinois), juniors Jared Hohm (Aurora, Illinois) and Nathan Luehr (Alsip, Illinois), and freshman Jason Woods comprised the group that competed in the advanced division. They placed second among eight teams from other ACCA colleges and universities, including Wheaton, Benedictine University, North Central College, and Olivet Nazarene University. Freshmen Grace Eizenga (Lansing, Illinois) and Jerry Vos (Beecher, Illinois) participated in the novice division, finishing in third place.

Each team in both divisions was given eight programming problems to solve. VanderZee, Hohm, Luehr, and Woods were the only advanced team to complete all eight problems without any incorrect submissions.

"I was pleased that we had no submission errors in the contest," said VanderZee, a veteran of four ACCA programming competitions. "We split up the work well among each other, and everyone contributed."

"(Jerry and I) did well for our first time working together," added Eizenga. "It was great for us to compete against other people who love computer programming."

The ACCA is a consortium of 16 private liberal arts colleges that was formed in 1966. Its primary objective is to promote collegiate education in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology/anthropology, and business/economics by stimulating cooperative arrangements with government laboratories and other educational institutions.

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