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March 31, 2015

Niskayuna team wins first in Siena's Computer Programming contest

picture of Niskayuna computer programming team

Students accomplish a rare feat

A team from Niskayuna High School won first place in Siena College's recent regional Computer Programming Contest, and along the way they achieved a feat that only four others have done in the competition's 25-year history: They solved all of the problems.

Five Niskayuna High School student teams - 18 students total -participated and performed well out of the 31 teams in the computer science contest this year. The event was held on March 28 at the college.

The team of students Aaron Chan, Andrey Akhmetov, Robert Kaucic and Samir Menon took home first place.

The contest consists of seven programming problems of various difficulty.

"One of these is designed to be so difficult that not team should complete it in the time allowed," said Dan Mattoon, Niskayuna High School math teacher and Computer Science Club adviser. "This team solved all seven problems, including the most difficult, with over an hour to spare. In over 25 years, only four other teams, including some from our high school, have completed all the problems. These students should be commended on this accomplishment, along with all of the students who represented Niskayuna High School so well this year."