During Memorial Day Weekend, three Cary Academy seniors: Jack Maxfield, Caleb Norfleet and Pranay Tankala cut their graduation festivities short to participate in the CACS-sponsored American Computer Science League (ACSL) All-Star Programming Contest.
The students earned a perfect score during the intensely challenging programming round, solving four programs in the allotted three hours, while using only one computer and having to call upon all of their collaborative and innovative skills. On the written contest, which is renowned to be extremely detail-oriented and computationally intensive, the students earned a combined score of 32/36 points.
Competing against top programming teams from the U.S., Canada, China, Croatia and Romania, the Cary Academy team repeated as first-place winners of its division.
In addition to winning individual and team plaques, the students were awarded two laptop computers, a Kindle Fire tablet and a Kindle Paperwhite.