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On February 17, the College’s novice team won its division of the 2007 Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) programming contest in Bourbonais, Illinois. The novices are programmers who have not yet studied upper level data structures and algorithms material.

“I think we won because we work together so well,” said Cara Tacoma ’09 of Cadillac, Michigan.

Teammate Brandon Huisenga ’10 of St. John, Indiana, said the team did not suffer one glitch.

“Each of us brought a different and important perspective to each problem,” he said.

“We worked really well together, and we just had fun,” said Emily Ward ’09 of Palos Heights, Illinois. 

Derek Hansum ’10 of Evergreen Park, Illinois, credits fierce determination for the victory.

“We just stuck with it and we really wanted to win,” Derek said.

The competition ranked teams based on the number of problems solved in a minimal amount of time. Trinity’s novice team solved four problems in the four-hour time limit. No one else solved more than three.

“We have some of the best students in the Chicago area attending here,” said Bill Miller, assistant professor of computer science at Trinity. “I think our momentum will grow because we have a very strong group of students coming into the programming classes next year. We’re looking forward to the ACM competition now.”

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Competition takes place in the fall. Placing high in the regional ACM Competition would qualify them to compete in the International finals.

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