Young programmers shine at the Programming Olympiad

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From left to right: bronze medalists Tengjun Liu, Fei Xiang Peng and Youkyum Kim. Seated: Emmanuel Rassou (Silver Medalist), Benjamin Kleyn (Gold Medalist and 2022 IITPSA Programming Olympiad Winner) and Minkyum Kim (Silver Medalist, 2021 IITPSA Programming Olympiad Winner and bronze at the IOI 2022).

The South African Computing Olympiad, in conjunction with the South African Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA,) has announced the winners of the 2022 National Programming Olympiad.

The challenge is for high school learners who can use a computer programming language.

According to a statement, a number of repeat stars shone in this year’s Programming Olympiad finals, having excelled at previous Computing Olympiads and representing SA at this year’s Programming Olympiad. International Informatics Olympiad (IOI) in Indonesia, where 88 countries participated.

The South African Computing Olympiad, an initiative of the IITPSA, presented the Programming Olympiad with the support of the Internet Service Providers Association, the recognized representative body of the Internet industry in South Africa.

The South African Computing Olympiad, which took place last month in Cape Town, aims to identify, encourage and reward computing skills and promote computing studies. The competition reaches thousands of young people in the region each year through the Olympiad of talent search, programming and applications.

The Programming Olympiad saw learners participate in three rounds of competition, with top artists from across the country participating.

In the first round, participants aimed to solve a number of problems using the programming language of their choice. For the second and third/final rounds, the languages ​​were more restricted.

Benjamin Kleyn, a 12th grader from Parel Vallei High School in the Western Cape, won gold in this year’s Programming Olympiad final. In 2021, Kleyn received an honorable mention at the Programming Olympiad National Finals and was selected as a member of the SA team at IOI 2022.

Minkyum Kim, a year 11 pupil from Reddam House Durbanville in the Western Cape, won a silver medal in the finals of this year’s Programming Olympiad. In 2021, Kim won the Gold Medal and Standard Bank Trophy at the Programming Olympiad Finals, and was also selected to represent South Africa at IOI 2022, where he received a bronze medal.

The silver was awarded to Emmanuel Rassou, a year 12 student at SA College School in the Western Cape. Rassou was the winner of the 2021 Western Cape Provincial Programming Olympiad. He received a bronze medal in the 2021 Programming Olympiad Finals and was selected as a member of the South African team for IOI 2022.

The bronze medalists at this year’s Programming Olympiad were Tengjun Liu, a grade 12 student at the American International School in Cape Town; Fei Xiang Peng (also known as Darren Peng), a year 12 student at St John’s College in Gauteng; and Youkyum Kim, a ninth grade student at Reddam House Durbanville in the Western Cape.

IITPSA President Admire Gwanzura congratulated this year’s winners, noting: “It is encouraging to see how many young people find that the experience and visibility they have gained through the Olympiads is worth coming back to. .

“Some of our young performers seem to be carving out a career before they’ve even finished their studies. We hope to see more South African learners participate in the South African Olympiad in the future, so that they too can begin to master IT skills and eventually begin to establish themselves in the market as emerging IT professionals. computing in which it is worth investing.

Honorable mentions from the Programming Olympiad went to Kenna Geleta, a 12th grade student from Ferdinand Postma High School in North West; Muhammed Shah Khan, a grade 11 student at UJ Metropolitan Academy in Gauteng; and Alex Sinclair Smith, a 12th grader from Westerford High in the Western Cape.

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