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Programmers Place Third at Marquette
The Whippets had a very successful day at the Marquette University Programming Contest on Wednesday, April 19. Approximately 250 students from around southeast Wisconsin competed in either Scratch or Java. Michael Hilliger's work was selected as "most creative" in the Scratch division, and he was awarded a mobile power supply. Because there were 45 java teams, Marquette split the schools into two divisions (large school and small school), and they accidentally put Whitewater teams in both. The team of Mitch Dalzin, Zach Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Dineth Gunawardena placed third in the large school division, and each student received a Raspberry Pi 3. The team of Jacob Korf, Declin Anderson, Zach Gross, and Tyler Marinkovic was awarded third place in the small school division, and each student received a Chromecast. Because it was Marquette's error, they let the students keep the prizes and will also identify and award prizes to a new 3rd place team for the small schools. Only 20% of Wisconsin high schools currently offer computer science coursework, and most of those schools are concentrated in the southeast corner of the state. There is a large push underway to expand computer science throughout the state.
   
Author: Laura Masbruch   E-Mail: lmasbruch@wwusd.org